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Discipline inspection rules published to improve self-supervision
January 23,2017   By:Xinhua
BEIJING, Jan. 23, 2017 -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) on Friday published pilot work rules for discipline inspection organs to strengthen self-supervision.
 
The rules, passed by a plenary session of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) that ran from Jan. 6 to 8, clarify procedures for the handling of cases, including the collection and verification of facts, case filing, case hearing, and how to dispose of money and goods involved in a case.
 
While delivering a report on the rules, Wang Qishan, head of the CCDI, told the plenary session that the pilot rules were formulated to ensure "the power of discipline inspection organs is [restrained by a] cage of regulations."
 
Inspecting and holding wrongdoers accountable -- the most important power discipline authorities hold -- is prone to abuse, Wang noted, adding that a number of inspectors have been found guilty of violating Party rules and state laws.
 
These violations have exposed loopholes in the management of discipline inspection organs, including a lack of regulations and weak implementation of the rules, Wang said.
 
In his report, Wang elaborated on misdoings of guilty officials in discipline inspection bodies, such as interacting with corrupted officials and businessmen, dealing with case clues without authorization, breaching confidentiality rules, as well as seeking profits for oneself or others by taking advantage of their posts.
 
To address these problems, the rules provide detailed instructions on the collection and handling of tip-offs, gathering of evidence, allowed time for investigations and case hearings, among others.
 
For example, the rules note, the investigation of a suspect usually should not last more than 90 days. Under special circumstances, it could be extended only once, for no longer than 90 days.
 
The rules ban verbal or physical assault of suspects, or corporal punishment during investigations, and require suspects be given food, rest and medical attention.
 
The stipulations in the rules are specific and highly operable, to prevent abuse of power and other irregularities, said Xie Chuntao, a professor with the CPC Central Committee Party School.
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