An undated photo of Nie Shubin, who was executed in 1995 for the rape and murder of a woman in Hebei province, but was later adjudged innocent, after someone else confessed. China’s chief justice Zhou Qiang said “such wrongful convictions humiliate justice”, and called on courts at all levels to learn appropriate lessons. Photo: Handout

China is taking steps on the long road to a credible judiciary

Grenville Cross says the recent moves to prevent wrongful verdicts are needed if the judiciary is to ultimately gain legitimacy

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An undated photo of Nie Shubin, who was executed in 1995 for the rape and murder of a woman in Hebei province, but was later adjudged innocent, after someone else confessed. China’s chief justice Zhou Qiang said “such wrongful convictions humiliate justice”, and called on courts at all levels to learn appropriate lessons. Photo: Handout
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