China curbs courts killing too many innocent people – Jane Macartney

From The Timesonline:

TENG XINGSHAN protested his innocence all the way to the execution ground. But it was only this year, 16 years after his execution by gunshot, that the butcher was found to be not guilty of the murder of a waitress. She was alive and in jail.

Such miscarriages of justice may become a little less common in China after the Supreme Court decided this week to reclaim the power to review all death sentences. The aim of the decision to strip provincial courts of the right to impose the is to try to reduce the number of people who suffer Mr Teng’s fate.

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