The Communist Party of China (CPC) is considering scaling down the system of secret interrogations and detentions it uses to root out corruption in its ranks, the South China Morning Post reported Thursday. The nation’s top prosecutions body invited several anti-corruption experts to give advice on reform of the shuanggui interrogation system, it said. Jiang Mingan, a law professor at Peking University, was quoted as saying that authorities have formed a consensus to strengthen prosecutors’ roles in investigating allegations of corruption by party members. Officials accused of graft are traditionally dealt with by the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and kept incommunicado for interrogation before being handed over to police and prosecutors, the paper noted. The prosecutors only assist the investigations and pursue charges against the suspects.
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