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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Friday, March 12, 2004

Procuratorate moves to protect rights of the accused

Procuratorate moves to protect rights of the accused:

justice "In half of the criminal cases I did, I was refused permission by the police or procuratorate to meet the client in custody,' said Qian Lieyang, a lawyer with the Beijing Zhongfu Law Firm. "

And this is a country that executes more people per annum then the nations of the world combined!

Some interesting things have been coming out on the legal side lately in China apart from the constitutional ones.

Firstly we had what should be by now a famous quote "don't execute anyone if you can avoid it" from a top China Jurist.

Then we had news that the jurisdiction over capital cases would possibly be taken away from the lower courts and, now, we have news that defense lawyers can have the opportunity to actually speak to their clients before being found guilty!

Astounding but welcomed I am sure!