From 2018 to 2019, procuratorial organs across the country accepted a total of 40,326 persons transferred by supervisory committees at all levels for duty crimes. Among them, 16,092 people were accepted in 2018, and 24,234 people were accepted in 2019, a year-on-year increase of 50.6%.
On July 21, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate held a press conference to report on the work of the procuratorial organs in handling duty crime cases since 2018 and issued the twentieth batch of guiding cases. When Wang Shouan, director of the Third Prosecutor’s Office of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, introduced the situation, he named Zhao Zhengyong as a typical “great corruption of senior officials.”
“A small number of duty criminals are motivated by gains, frantically accumulating money, regardless of the consequences, and the amount involved is huge, some of which are as high as tens of millions or hundreds of millions. Among them, there are both petty officials and high-ranking officials.” Wang Shouan gave an example. Zhao Zhengyong, the former secretary of the Shaanxi Provincial Party Committee, who recently heard the trial, accepted 717 million yuan in bribes.
According to reports, from 2018 to 2019, procuratorial organs across the country accepted a total of 40,326 persons transferred from supervisory committees at all levels to duty crimes. Among them, 16,092 people were accepted in 2018, and 24,234 people were accepted in 2019, a year-on-year increase of 50.6%. After review, it was decided to prosecute 28,387 people and not to prosecute 954 people.
“Grass-roots public officials account for the overwhelming majority of crimes committed by public officials.” Wang Shouan said that among the crimes committed by procuratorial organs, public officials below the township level accounted for more than 80%. Such crimes mainly occur in areas with intensive funds and weak supervision such as project construction, land acquisition and relocation, funds for benefiting the people, special subsidies, etc., and the increase in crimes committed by the staff of rural grassroots organizations has increased significantly. Grassroots public positions Personnel are still a high-risk group of corruption crimes.
Regarding the types of duty crimes, Wang Shouan introduced that corruption and bribery crimes accounted for more than 80%, and the crimes involved were concentrated in corruption, bribery, bribery, and embezzlement of public funds. Malfeasance and tort crimes accounted for about 10%, and the crimes involved mainly focused on crimes of the negligence of duty, abuse of power, crimes of favoritism, etc.
Wang Shouan said that in the next step, the procuratorial organs will strictly handle duty crime cases in accordance with the law to further improve the quality and effectiveness of case handling. Further strengthen the communication and cooperation with supervisory organs, judicial organs, and public security organs, and continuously improve the joint force in the fight against corruption.