BEIJING, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's procuratorial agencies nationwide investigated and dealt with duty-related violations of 2,494 officials at county level or above in the first 11 months of last year.
Between January and November, agencies investigated and handled 33,331 cases of officials' criminal violations related to their performances in office, a year-on-year increase of 5.4 percent.
A total of 46,024 people were found involved in such cases, a 6.4 percent rise on a year-on-year basis, according to a document issued at a national conference attended by local procurator chiefs on Thursday.
Over the same period, procuratorates approved the arrests of 896,259 criminal offense suspects, and instituted public prosecutions against 1,247,709, the document said.
However, the prosecutors also dismissed applications of arrest warrants for 157,898 people, the document said.
It said procuratorial agencies will adhere to resolutely enforce the law in 2013 to make China safer and ensure the rule of law in the country.
Cao Jianming, China's procurator-general, called on prosecutors to step up investigations in areas of the use of public spending and the industrial structure adjustment as well as to advance their work to fight commercial bribery and problems in the construction sector.
Job-related crimes in fields regarding industrial transformation and upgrading, transferring of public resources, state-owned assets management, urbanization, cultural service promotion and railway construction, should be seriously investigated, Cao said.
The prosecutors' work should also be done in order to enhance the country's macro-economic policies and measures, Cao added.
In 2013, procuratorial agencies will intensify crime investigations and judicial supervision of matters related to the country's rural areas, agricultural industries and farmers, in order to protect the farmers' legitimate rights and interests, the conference document said.
They will supervise in cases where there are public grievances involving the transfer of rural land rights, land expropriation and housing demolition, the document said.