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Monday, January 16, 2012

Serial killers in China

Here's a fascinating article on the subject from the Danwei blog. Among other things, it discusses the case-cracking incentives faced by police. Non-political offenses are rarely the subject of central government attention; crimes like serial murder are generally left to local police, who get no points for solving crimes committed in someone else's jurisdiction, and may indeed have to pay the cost of feeding and housing the suspect until he is sent back (also at their expense) to the jurisdiction that wants him.

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In an environment in which local authorities want to alleviate public fears quickly and rely heavily on confessions (often coerced), there are still more victims - innocent citizens wrongfully convicted and sometimes wrongfully executed for these heinous crimes.

The links below discuss two such cases.

Wrongful Execution Sparks Controversy in China
http://www.cecc.gov/pages/virtualAcad/index.phpd?showsingle=9617
See also: http://www.cecc.gov/pages/virtualAcad/index.phpd?showsingle=12214

Deep Flaws and Little Justice in China's Court System
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/21/international/asia/21confess.html

Keith Hand

Posted by: Keith Hand | Jan 16, 2012 11:24:07 AM

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