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By Shan Yuxiao and Zhao Runhua / Mar 12, 2019 06:21 PM / Politics & Law

Sun Zhengcai appears in a court in Tianjin on April 12, 2018. Photo: CCTV

Sun Zhengcai appears in a court in Tianjin on April 12, 2018. Photo: CCTV

Are more officials now behaving themselves?

The Supreme People’s Court of China closed roughly 28,000 corruption and duty-dereliction cases involving approximately 33,000 officials in 2018, Chief Justice Zhou Qiang informed top legislators at China’s annual NPC meetings on Tuesday.

The figures declined 50% and 56.58% year-on-year, respectively.

Zhou attributed the decline to the government’s sweeping anti-corruption crackdown. In a high-profile case, Sun Zhengcai, the former Chongqing Party chief and member of China’s key decision-making Politburo, was sentenced to life imprisonment last May for taking 170 million yuan ($27 million) in bribes, which Zhao cited as demonstrative of the success of China’s campaign.

Including Sun, 18 out of the 33,000 officials involved in corruption cases were at or above the ministerial level, and an additional 2,466 officials were convicted of offering bribes, Zhou’s report said.

Related: Former Rising Political Star Sun Zhengcai Gets Life in Prison

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