BEIJING, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- A disciplinary official said Friday that 4,960
Chinese officials above the county head level were punished during the year
ended in November.
The officials were involved in corruption, bribery, acting against the
public interest and other breaches of discipline or the law, Gan Yisheng, deputy
head of the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline
Inspection, told a press conference. Of the total, 801 were prosecuted, he said.
Gan said discipline inspection and supervision departments at various
levels settled 144,000 cases that led to penalties for 151,000 officials.
Losses of 6.09 billion yuan (889.6 million U.S. dollars) were recovered
through anti-corruption efforts, he added.
The official vowed to step up anti-graft efforts and "win trust from the
people with actual results."
He said cases implicating officials above the county head level and those
concerning violations of political discipline, commercial bribery, dereliction
of duty and serious infringement of public interest would be severely dealt
Gan named several prominent figures who had been penalized for corruption,
including former Beijing vice mayor Liu Zhihua and Chen Tonghai, former general
manager of the China Petroleum and Chemical Group (Sinopec), one of the
country's largest state companies.
Liu, 59, was given in October a death penalty with a two-year reprieve for
taking bribes of about 6.97 million yuan (1.02 million U.S. dollars).
Chen, also the Sinopec Party chief, was expelled from the Communist Party
of China (CPC) in January and charged with taking bribes to help others make
"Serious corruption cases like those of Liu and Chen exposed the loopholes
in China's legal systems," said Huang Zongliang, a professor of politics from
He urged beefed up supervision from the government and the general public
to curb corruptions.
The case involving Huang Songyou, former vice president of the Supreme
People's Court, was still "under investigation", Gan said.
He declined to give more information but promised to announce the result
after the probe was completed.
Huang was removed from his post on Oct. 28 by Chinese lawmakers at a
The reason for his removal was not made public.
Huang, now 51, is a native of south China's Guangdong Province. He became
vice president of the Supreme People's Court in 2002.
Responding to questions concerning officials refusing to come back from
overseas tours, Yao Zengke, vice minister of supervision, told the press
conference that the government would step up the supervision of officials'
passports and their departures outside the country.
A party official,Yang Xianghong, in east China's Zhejiang Province
overstayed a 12-day European tour in September on claims that he had to stay
there for medical treatment. The incident was highly publicized.
Yao added that the establishment of a screening process and pre-warning
mechanisms against corrupt officials fleeing overseas was also in deliberation.