27 Aug '11, 6am

China considers legalising secret detentions

BEIJING: China is considering changes to its criminal law that human rights activists said Saturday would effectively legalise the forced disappearance of dissidents. Proposed amendments to "residential surveillance" laws would allow police to hold suspects in secret locations in cases involving national security, terrorism or major corruption, the official Legal Daily said this week. Residential surveillance is a form of house arrest. Police would need permission from a prosecutor or public security agency to detain people in a "specified location" in such cases when they believe holding them at home could "obstruct the investigation", the report said. The proposed changes -- part of a broader review of China's criminal procedure law -- would not require police to contact family members of suspects involved in these types of cases if it could hinder their inquiries. "If t...

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