Senior prosecutor calls for measures to prevent extorting of confessions by torture

10:12, May 19, 2010      

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A senior Chinese prosecutor Tuesday called for measures to "resolutely" prevent the obtaining of confessions and evidence by torture and violence.

Zhang Geng, deputy procurator-general of the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP), told a national teleconference on the implementation of the newly-amended State Compensation Law, "Efforts should be made to improve the capabilities of police investigators to reduce the number of state compensation cases."

The top legislator approved the amendments to the State Compensation Law at the end of last month. The law, to take effect on Dec. 1, grants citizens greater power to obtain compensation after their rights have been violated by the state.

"Audio and visual recordings are required during the entire process of interrogation, so as to prevent suspects' suicide and maltreatment," he said.

The amended law stipulates detained suspects should receive compensation if they are proved innocent.

Zhang called for cautious use of arrest.

He said prosecutors should "actively" help victims' families in financial difficulties, even when suspects are acquitted due to insufficient evidence.

Last week, Zhao Zuohai, a 57-year-old man wrongfully jailed for 11 years after being convicted of a murder that never happened, received650,000 yuan (96,000 U.S. dollars) in compensation from Song Haiping, president of the Intermediate People's Court in Shangqiu City, in central China's Henan Province.

Source: Xinhua
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