4,300 sus­pects il­le­gally de­tained

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Na­tional pros­e­cut­ing de­part­ments have iden­ti­fied nearly 4,300 sus­pects who have been il­le­gally de­tained for more than three years with­out be­ing pros­e­cuted or sen­tenced, the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate said.

“Such il­le­gal detention has se­ri­ously harmed the de­fen­dants’ rights and dam­aged the im­age and cred­i­bil­ity of ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial at the Procu­ra­torate, who de­clined to be named.

The max­i­mum al­low­able detention time for the sus­pects is seven months, and pros­e­cut­ing de­part­ments must pros­e­cute sus­pects within six months.

In April 2013, the Procu­ra­torate iden­ti­fied more than 4,400 sus­pects who had been il­le­gally de­tained for more than three years.

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