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Courts act to improve protection of rights
March 13,2017   By:China Daily
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March 13, 2017 -- Zhou Qiang (left), SPC president, and Cao Jianming, procurator-general of the SPP, deliver speeches. (Photo: China Daily/Xu Jingxing)
 
March 13, 2017 -- China's judicial authorities will continue efforts to correct wrongful verdicts this year and take comprehensive measures to protect citizens' personal and property rights, two senior judicial officials said on Sunday.
 
Last year, 1,076 criminal defendants were declared innocent, 37 more than in 2015, and 1,376 wrongful verdicts or sentences were changed on appeal, the Supreme People's Court President Zhou Qiang said during a work report to about 3,000 national legislators. [Special coverage]
 
He mentioned a case on Dec 2 in which the top court posthumously pardoned Nie Shubin, a native of Hebei province executed in 1995. Nie was found to have been wrongly convicted of rape and murder on the basis of unclear and insufficient evidence.
 
"Such wrongful convictions humiliate justice," Zhou said, adding that courts at all levels must learn a lesson from such cases.
 
Cao Jianming, procurator-general of the Supreme People's Procuratorate, asked procurators on Sunday to find, report and correct possible wrongful cases, as well as to compensate victims and hold liable those involved in judicial miscarriages.