Chinese legal scholars call for abolition of home surveillance measure abused for forced confessions

Chinese legal scholars call for abolition of home surveillance measure abused for forced confessions

The Supreme Court identified a 2019 case in which local investigators in the eastern province of Jiangsu used illegal coercion, starvation, sleep deprivation and other methods of physical torture on suspects.

The Supreme Court identified a 2019 case in which local investigators in the eastern province of Jiangsu used illegal coercion, starvation, sleep deprivation and other methods of physical torture on suspects.

Chinese legal scholars are calling for the abolition of a criminal detention procedure called “home surveillance at a designated location,” which they say is being abused by some law enforcement officials as an opportunity to torture suspects in criminal cases to extract confessions.

The procedure, as laid down in the Criminal Procedure Act, is intended to provide a place of residence for suspects or accused persons with no fixed abode and persons involved in serious crimes endangering national security.

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