China's court system has concluded graft cases involving 101 former officials at the provincial and ministerial level or above over the past five years, a work report of the Supreme People's Court said Friday.[Special coverage]
Courts at various levels concluded 195,000 graft cases from 2013 to 2017, implicating 263,000 people, said the report to be delivered by Chief Justice Zhou Qiang at a plenary meeting of the annual session of the National People's Congress.
A total of 13,000 people were convicted of offering bribes, the report said.
The case of Yang Xiuzhu, who was number one on the list of China's top 100 fugitives in an Interpol Red Notice, was heard during the period, it said.
Yang, former vice mayor of Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, fled China in 2003 and returned and surrendered herself in November 2016. She was sentenced to eight years in jail for embezzlement and taking bribes in October 2017.
Zhou Qiang, China's chief justice, vowed to firmly safeguard the authority of the Constitution and crack down upon any constitutional violation, in a work report to the national legislature Friday.
Chinese courts will exercise their power independently, righteously and in line with law, said the report of the Supreme People's Court (SPC), delivered by Zhou at the first session of the 13th National People's Congress.
Letting the public feel fairness and justice in every judicial case is the goal of courts across China, a work report of the Supreme People's Court (SPC) said Friday.
From 2013 to 2017, the SPC handled 82,383 cases and concluded 79,692 cases, 60.6 percent and 58.8 percent, respectively, higher than those in the previous five years, according to the report available to the media.
The report will be delivered by Chief Justice Zhou Qiang at a plenary meeting of the on-going first session of the 13th National People's Congress Friday afternoon.
A total of 31,527 prisoners were granted amnesty across China in the past five years, a work report of the Supreme People's Court (SPC) said Friday.
Chinese courts have strengthened efforts to protect human rights in judicial practices, according to the report delivered by Chief Justice Zhou Qiang at a plenary meeting of the ongoing annual session of the National People's Congress.
Death penalty decisions were strictly reviewed to make sure that death sentences only apply to an extremely small number of criminals for extremely severe offenses, it said.