© AFP/File | Chinese police are banned from using torture to extract confessions under new rules
BEIJING (AFP) – Chinese police and prosecutors are banned from using torture to obtain evidence under rules released Tuesday, in the latest attempt to curb forced confessions in the country’s criminal justice system.Confessions obtained through torture, threats and illegal detention are inadmissable in court, the Supreme Court said on its website.
The aim is to “accurately punish the crime” and thereby protect human rights and avoid miscarriages of justice, it said, according to the transcript of a news conference also hosted by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of State Security and Ministry of Justice.
Chinese courts have a near-perfect conviction rate of 99.92 percent.
Human rights groups have long voiced concerns over wrongful verdicts owing to heavy reliance on forced confessions and a lack of effective defence in criminal trials.
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