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13,842 officials probed for corruption in China in 2013

More than 13,000 officials were investigated in China in the first six months of this year on suspicion of corruption, the country's anti-corruption bureau said today.

world Updated: Jul 22, 2013 11:12 IST

More than 13,000 officials were investigated in China in the first six months of this year on suspicion of corruption, the country's anti-corruption bureau said today.

"Prosecutors investigated 9,747 cases of public funds embezzlement and bribery with the total sum of money involved reaching $287 million," said a statement issued by the anti-corruption bureau of the Supreme People's Procuratorate.

In January, the procuratorate launched a campaign targeting violations of norms in key sectors including land acquisition and house demolition, affordable housing projects, education, employment, medical services, social security, environmental protection and food and drug safety.

This led the prosecutorial agencies to look into 13,842 officials across China. Of these, 7,132 were officials or workers working in administrative bodies at grassroots levels, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.