At the first session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) Cao Jianming, procurator-general of the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP), delivered a work report over the last five years which detailed investigations of more than 13,000 officials since 2008 for job-related crimes; and 30 officials of ministerial level or higher.
Following the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) national congress in November, China indicated its resolve to fight corruption and within two months of new leadership, the CPC has sacked several officials suspected of illegal activities. Additional mechanisms are being considered to prevent corruption from taking place.
Steps taken by the SPP to assist with corruption investigations include a national anti-corruption hotline and website and the SPP are working to improve investigation processes and the protection of whistleblowers and witnesses. A national database of bribery cases has also been established and reports have begun to emerge of China's 'netizens' using the Internet to expose corrupt local officials.
The SPP has indicated that anti-corruption will remain an important issue in 2013 and tighter supervision will be introduced to deter senior officials from engaging in corrupt activity.