BEIJING, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- China is constantly improving its laws to prohibit the exacting of evidence through torture or other illegal means by judicial officials, a white paper said Tuesday.
To improve the investigation and questioning system is a prerequisite for building the rule of law, said the white paper "Judicial Reform in China" issued by the State Council Information Office.
It is also an important method for strengthening judicial supervision and protecting the legal rights and interests of criminal suspects in accordance with the law, the white paper said.
The Criminal Procedure Law amended in 2012 clearly stipulates that no person may be forced to prove his or her own guilt, and no criminal suspects or defendants may be forced to confess, the white papers said.
The newly amended law makes it clear that confessions by a suspect or a defendant obtained through extortion or other illegal means and witness' testimony and victim's statements obtained through the use of violence, threats or other illegal means should be excluded from evidence.
If physical or documentary evidence is collected in ways violating legal procedures and severely affecting judicial justice, such evidence should be excluded if no correction or justification is provided, according to the new law.
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