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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.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

"Sexual Seduction" influences Chinese Court decisions

Justice in ChinaAccording to Xiao Yang, president of the Supreme People's Court (SPC) when announcing a new initiative to inject fairness into the court system, sex and corruption, among other things, have influenced some Chinese court decisions:

"..a small number of cases were handled wrongly due to reasons ranging from bad judgments, taking bribes, sexual seduction or power infatuation,"

Xiao announced that China's courts will adopt a series of measures to supervise judges or officials by establishing a data bank on them. The linked Xinhua article states that the database:

".... Includes 11 items like the official's or judge's housing, their spouse's or children's professions as well as the business operations they are involved in, their income and even tip-offs from the masses as a way to offer an authentic source for the discipline inspection branch to keep an eye on them."

The database may have to be quite substantial though. The artcle quotes Xiao as saying that in 2003 the court system in China handled over 8 million cases.

"Courts take tough measures to ensure fairness".(Ed) China View. Xinhuanet. May 26. May 27