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Thursday, November 9, 2006

China Convicts all but 0.66% of Criminal Defendants

From NYTimes.com: China, with a judicial system widely seen as designed only for conviction, has found nearly all six million defendants in criminal cases guilty in the past nine years, state media said on Thursday.

Human rights groups have accused Beijing of lagging far behind international standards on criminal justice with widespread police torture, lack of due process in court trials and the absence of presumption of innocence.

Chinese newspapers regularly report details of a defendant's guilt before a verdict has been reached, and courts are commonly viewed as venues merely for passing sentence.

"A total of 41,038 people have been acquitted from January 1998 to September 2006, accounting for 0.66 percent of the 6.2 million defendants in criminal cases that have closed,'' the People's Court Daily said. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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