BEIJING -- Ninety-one Chinese prosecutors have been punished for violating
law enforcement procedures while carrying out criminal investigations since May
2005, Prosecutor-general Jia Chunwang of the Supreme People's Procuratorate
(SPP) said here Monday.
The prosecutors were punished as a result of a nationwide campaign launched
by the SPP to regulate law enforcement activities in a bid to "enforce legal
supervision and safeguard justice", said Jia in his report to China's top
A total of 275 prosecutors have been removed from office and retrained for
serious faults with law enforcement procedures since 2003, Jia said.
China's has been investigating job-related crimes of high-level officials,
"profitable" government sections, monopoly industries and state-owned companies
in recent years in an effort to weed out corruption.
However, misconduct of prosecutors and unlawful behavior such as illegally
prolonging a suspects custody and taking bribes have aroused public concern and
"Law enforcem ent activities which go against rules still exist in
certain places," Jia said, adding that such behavior has negatively effected
society and must be stopped.
The prosecutor-general said the SPP has been targeting four types of
violations in the nationwide campaign, including favoritism for personal gain,
misconduct during law enforcement activities, dereliction of duty and
In an effort to improve judicial justice, the SPP last March also required
prosecuting departments to phase in the practice of audio taping and videotape
interrogation of suspects in job-related crimes to prevent trapping or torturing
suspects into confessions.
The SPP also required the agencies to respect lawyers' rights in meeting with
suspects and collecting evidence during criminal proceedings to protect the
rights of those being prosecuted.
Reviewing the national campaign to better regulate law enforcement, Jia said
such efforts have greatly reduced the unlawful activities of China's
The Prosecutor-General said complaints against prosecutors dropped 20.7
percent since 2003 and the number of prosecutors disciplined dropped 61.9
percent since 2003.