Death row inmates to get free legal aid
Convicted criminals on death row will be entitled to free legal representation under a new rule drafted by the Ministry of Justice, a ministry source told China Daily.
The ministry will assign lawyers to condemned prisoners who cannot afford one during the review of their sentences to ensure equal access to justice, according to the source.
The source said officials from the ministry and the high court are “finalizing some detailed implementation measures and the rule will be released in the next few months”.
The source asked not to be identified because she was not authorized to discuss the draft plan with the media.
Under Chinese law, all death sentences must be reviewed by the Supreme People’s Court before defendants can be executed.
The price for Tibetan mastiffs paid by the rich in 2008 went as high as 5 million yuan ($793,650) to 10 million yuan. But with China’s slowing economy, the bottom has fallen out of the market for the animal. Now a pure-bred Tibetan mastiff should cost around 1 million yuan, says a breeder.