BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- About 15,112 people were arrested for job-related crimes in the country in the first ten months of this year, China's supreme procuratorate said Thursday.
The number was up 14.4 percent year on year, said a statement from the Supreme People's Procuratorate.
Judicial departments and Communist Party of China (CPC) discipline inspection agencies have made joint efforts in fighting corruption in recent years.
A total of 668,429 people were given party or administrative punishment from November 2007 to June 2012, while about 24,600 people were handed over to prosecutors, according to a report from the CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI)).
Among them were several senior officials like Bo Xilai, former Party chief of Chongqing municipality, Liu Zhijun, former railway minister and Chongqing's former vice mayor and police chief Wang Lijun.
The latest is Li Chuncheng, deputy party chief of southwest China's Sichuan Province, who was removed from his position for alleged discipline violations on Thursday.
Over the first ten months, prosecutors nationwide approved the arrest of 830,000 suspects, a year-on-year rise of 8.1 percent, according to the statement.
The statement said an increasing number of suspects who were underage or needlessly held in custody were not arrested during the period.
From January to October, prosecutors decided not to arrest 145,800 suspects, up 14.2 percent year on year. About 12,900 of the suspects were minors, the statement said.