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Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 17:26

Regulation reduces room for prosecutor graft

By Xinhua

BEIJING - China's Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) has banned prosecutors from involving themselves in a number of poor practices which leave room for corruption, Xinhua learned on Tuesday.

The 15-clause ruling, designed to ensure integrity in prosecutors' professional and personal lives, prohibits them enquiring about or interfering with cases being handled by other prosecutors, or interceding on behalf of parties concerned.

They have also been banned from meeting in private with parties concerned or their lawyers, agents, claimants, relatives or stakeholders. Defendants must not be pressurized into accepting the prosecutors' choice of lawyer, or into changing their lawyer.

The SPP urged heads of all departments in the procuratorates system to take the lead in abiding by the regulations. It also called on discipline organs to fulfil their responsibility in supervision and strictly punish all violations.

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