The second plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) is being held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
The report on the work of the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) delivered by Chief Justice Zhou Qiang as well as the report on the work of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) by Procurator-General Cao Jianming were heard at the meeting.
On graft cases:
China’s court system has processed graft cases involving 101 former officials at the provincial and ministerial level or above over the past five years, according to the SPC work report.
Meanwhile, courts at various levels have processed 195,000 graft cases from 2013 to 2017, implicating 263,000 people.
A total of 13,000 people were convicted for bribery, the report said.
On correction of wrongful convictions:
In the past five years, Chinese courts at various levels have overturned convictions in 6,747 criminal cases after retrials, according to the SPC report.
Among the cases, 39 major wrongful convictions were corrected, including the cases of Huugjilt and Nie Shubin, the chief justice noted .
“We have issued guidelines to prevent wrongful convictions and adhere to the principles of legality, evidence judgment and presumption of innocence,” he highlighted.
A total of 31,527 prisoners were granted amnesty across China in the past five years, according to SPC report.
Chinese courts have strengthened efforts to protect human rights in judicial practices.
Death penalty decisions were strictly reviewed to make sure that death sentences only apply to an extremely small number of criminals for extremely severe offenses, said the report.