Via Anna, China bans the use of evidence obtained through torture. It has before, but this particular measure may stick because it follows the case of Zhao Zuohai, who was beaten into a confession of murder against someone who was, in fact, still alive, and then spent 11 years in prison before this was discovered, which became something of a cause celebre.
However, the state’s interference didn’t end with Mr Zhao’s release and compensation: he was then “touristed”.
It brings to mind a comment by a Chinese vice-minister reproduced in Richard McGregor’s The Party:
The central government’s control does not extend beyond the walls of Zhongnanhai. The people below just don’t listen.
What the hell: a billion steps forward, nine hundred and ninety nine million steps back. But still, forward.