‘Right to Be Silent’ May Be Granted – Zhu Zhe

From China Daily:

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law…”

These words, familiar to many from Hollywood movies or cops-and-robbers TV shows, could be uttered by Chinese police if an amendment to the Criminal Procedure Law, scheduled for October, is approved.

“There’s little debate over whether to include the stipulation that suspects shall not be forced to admit guilt,” Chen Ruihua, a law professor at Peking University involved in the amendment of the law, said. “If approved, it means that suspects will have the right to keep silent in interrogations.” [Full Text]

May 19, 2007 2:40 AM
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