7 December 2019

Supreme Court seeks to quash forced confessions, paper says

The Supreme People’s Court has told judges in China to exclude evidence and testimonies obtained through torture or other illegal methods, Shanghai Daily reported on Friday. According to a court document on setting up and improving a mechanism to prevent wrong judgments in criminal cases, illegal evidence and defendant testimony obtained through torture or methods such as forcing the accused to suffer from extreme temperatures, hunger and fatigue must be ruled out, it said. The move comes amid widespread concern over the methods used by some law enforcement officers in their attempts to wrap up cases quickly by obtaining testimony or confessions by force.

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