China to Tackle the Problem of Prolonged Detentions of Suspects


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Police officers stand guard outside a Beijing court during a Chinese rights activist's hearing last year. Photo: Reuters Police officers stand guard outside a Beijing court during a Chinese rights activist’s hearing last year. Photo: Reuters

SCMP says in its report “China’s top prosecutor’s office issues test rules to tackle prolonged detentions” today, “The top prosecutor’s office in China has issued new test rules aimed at stamping out prolonged detention of criminal suspects.” However, it says in its subtitle “but rights advocates say they will do little for detainees in the system”.

According to the test rules, where a prolonged detention is uncovered the procuratorial officer will issue rectification notices to the police and the police has to release the suspect within 7 days or apply for extension of detention.

That is certainly good, but the problem in China’s legal system is not shortage of good rules but the implementation of law and rules.

That requires good supervision, especially, democratic supervision by the people. Chinese President Xi Jinping…

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