BEIJING -- China's four major
law enforcement agencies called for more cautiously handling death penalty cases
by jointly issuing a document on Sunday.
The document, jointly issued by the Supreme People's Court, Supreme People's
Procuratorate, Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Justice, underlined
that the Supreme People's Court is authorized to exercise the final approval for
death penalty cases.
It also asked law enforcement officials to strictly obey laws in identifying
facts, collecting evidence, dealing with procedures and adopting punishments.
Also, some basic principles in handling death penalty cases has been drown by
the document which asked to punish criminals as well as protect their human
It requested not to parade suspects or criminals to the public for the
purpose of humiliating them.
The document especially ordered to prevent law enforcement officials from
inquisiting by torture, extorting confession, and banning any form of illegally
Judges at different levels should pay more attention to the validity of
evidence in handling death penalty cases, the document said.
It stressed that all law enforcement organs should cooperate with each other
in dealing with such cases to ensure that every death sentence is made in a fair