Outstanding results in blitz on crooks

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 May, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 May, 1996, 12:00am

Justice Minister Xiao Yang yesterday told judicial officials across China to take an active part in the latest 'strike hard' campaign.

Officials who do not do a good job will be considered failing to 'keep in line with the [Communist] Party central politically,' Mr Xiao said.

Prison officials were told to keep effective management over all prison facilities and make sure that there could be 'no escapes'.

However, Mr Xiao also reminded the judicial officials that they played an indispensable role in the campaign and they must 'educate the police not to extract testimonies from the suspects through torture'.

On the other hand, he said lawyers must bear in their mind the importance of maintaining social stability and co-operate in the campaign.

He told judicial organs across the country to 'step up their management over lawyers in the latest campaign and strengthen the political and ethical education on the lawyers'.

The comments by Mr Xiao came as police continued to report achieving outstanding results in the anti-crime blitz.

Xinhua (the New China News Agency) last night quoted information provided by the police that said the campaign has been so successful virtually every province had taken hundreds if not thousands of suspects into custody.

In the traditionally conservative province of Shanxi, police had smashed more than 1,000 criminal gangs and 132 criminals had been sentenced to death or life imprisonment at mass rallies.

In Chongqing, Sichuan, police had raided an underground gun factory seizing 54 assembled double-barrelled shotguns and another 193 unfinished ones. Four suspects had been arrested, Xinhua said.

Dozens of other gun runners were also arrested in Hebei and Fujian provinces in the past month and police found almost 50 guns in these raids.

Equally spectacular results were achieved in Hainan where police arrested 12 escaped prisoners, 71 major suspects and detained 327 prostitutes.

And police said they have now solved 13 major cases and broken 14 criminal gangs.