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A SENIOR Chinese prosecutor vowed yesterday to crack down on dereliction of duty by government officials by tackling corruption magnets such as construction projects.

Wang Zhenchuan, deputy prosecutor-general of the Supreme People's Procuratorate, said the emphasis would be on power abuse and dereliction of duty that undermine economic order and government investment security, malfeasance in the farming sector and violations of farmers' rights.

Wang undescored the importance of investigating official involvement in serious accidents and food and drug safety scandals.

He also urged prosecuting authorities to intensify probes into judiciary and law enforcement power abuse, wrongful judgments and activities that harm individual rights.

The SPP said it requires prosecutors to "seriously investigate" illegal practices in big construction projects, public spending and public resources distribution, which are often hotbeds of corruption.

The top prosecutors office has a special division responsible for crimes involving dereliction of official duty, such as bribery and corruption, which are not handled by the police.

The SPP said yesterday that prosecutors nationwide prosecuted 8,939 officials for dereliction of duty in 2008, up 5.4 percent year on year.

Local prosecutors were investigating two cases of environment-related crimes, the SPP statement said.

Seven staff members of the Yangzonghai Lake management office and the local environment protection bureau are under investigation for allegedly permitting or failing to supervise a company that discharged pollutants into the lake.

The lake was contaminated and unsafe as a drinking water source from May to July last year.



 

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