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Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 17:03

China to abolish arrest, conviction rate targets

By Agencies

BEIJING - China's ruling Communist Party will abolish targets for arrests, prosecutions and convictions, state media said on Wednesday.

Taking action on what the party called "unreasonable items for assessment" is part of its efforts to "govern the country by law" - the focus of a key party meeting last year.

The Political and Legal Committee, a secretive body overseeing the legal and security services, said on Tuesday that its units and law enforcement authorities "must resolutely cancel targets for criminal detention, arrests, prosecutions, convictions, settlements and other unreasonable targets for assessment", state news agency Xinhua said on its microblog.

China's Supreme Court said last year that China has a 99.9 percent conviction rate.

The party would also explore the establishment of a public interest litigation system set up by the prosecution and put forward a program for a leniency system in criminal proceedings for people who plead guilty, Xinhua said.

It would also study separating judicial and implementation powers, and research establishing a system that would prohibit legal professionals to carry out their work in their lifetime if they violate the law, Xinhua said.

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