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Senior judges jailed for graft in China

Authorities in China jails three senior judges for corruption in the southern city's biggest ever graft scandal.

world Updated: Mar 24, 2007 09:45 IST

Authorities in China have jailed three senior judges in Shenzhen for corruption in the southern city's biggest ever graft scandal.
A court convicted retired judge Liao Zhaohui and divisional court chiefs Cai Xiaoling and Zhang Tinghua of unspecified graft crimes, the China Daily said in a report citing the Shenzhen Intermediate court.

They were among five senior judges arrested recently after the local prosecution office investigated their alleged acts of corruption, the report said.

A series of raids last year led to the arrest of a court vice-president, three division heads and a retired judge, the report said.

The probe, which highlighted the endemic corruption in the Chinese judicial system, unfolded after prosecutors arrested judge Liao, who allegedly took bribes while working in the execution division.

Cai and Zhang allegedly appointed certain auction houses to deal with seized assets in bankruptcy cases.

The report gave no details on Pei Hongquan, vice-president of Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court, and Pei's former wife, Li Huiliu, a court president, both arrested in late September.

Corruption in China is rampant in a government system that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said this month results from an "overconcentration of power without effective and proper restraint and oversight."

The problem has become one of the top causes of social discontent in booming China, sparking thousands of public disturbances every year, with officials repeatedly pledging to do more but apparently too little effect.