Legislator detained illegally
A REGIONAL legislature in Guangdong has taken the unusual step of issuing a reprimand to a court officer for illegally detaining a legislator.
The reprimand was issued by the Haifeng People's Congress Standing Committee, ordering the immediate suspension of Huang Xinyue, an officer of the County People's Court.
The reprimand order also required that Huang explain why he had held legislator Zhang Quanmu for almost 24 hours.
It was the second case in less than a week in which the legislative organs in Guangdong had demanded explanations from government officials for alleged law-breaking.
The Guangdong People's Congress Standing Committee last week took the unprecedented step of summoning provincial land administration director Yuan Zheng to explain why he defied a law which the committee passed four months ago.
According to a China News Service report, Zhang was detained by court police on September 13 in connection with a commercial dispute. The report said the court police refused to release Mr Zhang even after he revealed his identity.