China to decrease number of executions but keep death penalty Holly Manges Jones at 7:11 AM ET
[JURIST] China plans to gradually lessen the number of executions it carries out while still keeping the death penalty [JURIST news archive], according to a statement released Sunday by China's Supreme People's Court, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Public Security [official websites], and China's lead prosecutor. The statement indicated that China cannot entirely abolish the death penalty, but noted that if the possibility exists that a convicted individual did not commit the crime, then that person should not be executed. The legal groups also condemned confessions through torture [JURIST report] and said police must instead gather evidence according to the law.
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