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China punishes graft-busters for beatings, drunk driving

Published on Feb 10, 2014 7:04 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's main anti-corruption watchdog has punished four of its own officials for incidents ranging from beatings to drunk driving, state media said on Monday, underscoring Beijing's challenge to stamp out deep-rooted graft and illegal activity.

President Xi Jinping launched a crackdown on corruption soon after becoming head of the ruling Communist Party in late 2012, seeking to win back public confidence in the face of a seemingly endless stream of embarrassing scandals.

The party warned last week that its own officials were often complicit in corruption cover-ups.

The official Xinhua news agency said the four graft-busters, who worked for the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, had received punishments ranging from dismissal to criminal prosecution.

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