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China probes more than 25,000 people for graft in first half of year

Published on Jul 25, 2014 4:21 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China investigated more than 25,000 people for corruption in the first six months of 2014, state media said on Friday, amid a nationwide crackdown on graft.

Nearly 85 per cent of the cases investigators pursued involved bribes of more than 50,000 yuan (S$9,900) or embezzlement of 100,000 yuan, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the country's top prosecutor, the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP).

Such "major cases" were up nearly 14 per cent over the corresponding period last year, Xinhua said.

China's leadership under President Xi Jinping has presided over an anti-graft campaign to shore up a ruling mandate shaken by suspicion that officials waste taxpayer money or use their positions for personal advantage.

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