Friday, January 07, 2005


The Sheriff's My Cousin, Y'Know

Following up on my recent "curruption" posting, it appears that in China at least, it's mostly a family affair:

Statistics indicate that from January to July 2004, there were 22,913 suspects who conducted crimes of corruption in China. Among them, 1,767 ranked as county leader or higher, and 109 ranked at the provincial level or higher. After analyzing these corruption cases, researchers pointed out the common characteristic of “family corruption”- most of the corrupted officials received help from their family members.
One prosecutor in Wang’s case pointed out that 80 percent of the corrupted officials conduct crimes with the aid of family members. Usually the wife and children accept bribes and then the official offers illegal help using his power.