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Be aware of undue interference, prosecutors advised

Procuratorial Daily lists actions that might try to contravene the prosecutorial process by means of outside influence

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 July, 2014, 1:19pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 July, 2014, 1:19pm

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The mainland’s top prosecuting body has told prosecutors to be on the lookout for any interference against the prosecutorial process – a move that shows it’s cracking down even harder on malpractice.

Prosecutors are required to report to their supervisors any act that might try to influence, or interfere with, the process through guanxi, or personal connections in Chinese society, according to a directive issued by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in Procuratorial Daily.

The directive is aimed at reinforcing internal structure of supervision among prosecutors, the newspaper said.

The Supreme Procuratorate defined seven acts of interference – including invitations by parties, their families, defenders or their agents to set meetings with prosecutors; prying into personal information about prosecutors, witnesses, or whistle-blowers; inquiring into either prosecution strategies or any unpublished information about cases.

Any pressure exerted on prosecutors that might interfere in the cases should be also reported.

Those who fail to report any attempts to interfere should be removed from their posts and/or face investigation and punishment.

Cao Jianming, the procurator-general of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, vowed to fight against graft and interference while on an inspection tour in Hunan province last week, which he said was part of President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft campaign.