63,000 people punished under corruption charges in anti-graft drive: China
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 12-Mar-2017

Beijing, March 12: Chinese court resolved 45,000 cases where 63,000 people punished under corruption charges. 35 former officials at the provincial and ministerial level or above, and 240 at the prefectural level were also included, said Chief Justice of china Zhou Qiang on Sunday.In a work report to be delivered by Chief Justice at a plenary meeting of the ongoing annual session of the National People's Congress, the Qiang said the capital punishment had been strictly controlled and applied prudently since 2007, when the SPC reserved the right to review all death penalty decisions handed out by lower courts.

Courts will strike hard on severe criminal offenses such as murder and robbery, and hand out due sentences for those involved in telecom and Internet fraud, in order to maintain social stability, the chief justice said.

Courts at all levels convicted 2,862 criminals of bribery, and concluded 15,000 cases involving corruption, embezzling funds and other crimes found in poverty alleviation, he added.

Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has launched a sweeping fight against corruption in 2012. Also China launched a campaign to hunt down fugitives implicated in duty-related crimes in October 2014, 164 suspects, including 27 listed in an Interpol red notice, have been repatriated or persuaded to return to China from 37 countries and regions, he said.

Last year, state-run Global Times reported that over 1.01 million officials have been punished since anti-corruption campaign initiated by President Xi Jinping in 2013 in a bid to restore public confidence in the Communist Party of China's (CPC) rule and avert a Soviet Union-style collapse of the party's control over the country.

The campaign caught top political figures like Zhou Yongkong, the former national security chief under the previous regime headed by Hu Jintao, besides some of the high- ranking military figures. Over 40 high-ranking military officials have been prosecuted in the country's biggest anti-graft drive, which also drew criticism that Xi made use of it to weed out his rivals in the party.