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Jail abuse victims may get compensation

Detention houses and jails must offer compensation if their officers kill or severely injure inmates, according to a draft law expected to be passed on Saturday.

Compensation must be paid for injuries suffered when officials illegally detain, abuse or beat inmates or allow others to beat inmates, according to the latest draft amendment to the decades-old State Compensation Law.

The amendment aims to compensate victims whose rights and interests are infringed upon by administrative agencies or officials.

The draft was tabled for discussion at a five-day legislative session of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee that started yesterday.

The changes follow a string of inmate deaths in detention houses this year, which have aroused widespread public concern.

"If there's no major difference of opinion, we suggest the draft amendment be passed at this legislative session," Hong Hu, vice-chairman of the NPC Law Committee, said yesterday.

Previous drafts did not list detention houses as an institute that had to pay compensation, nor did it mention compensation should be paid when officials abuse or allow others to beat inmates.

Cong Bin, a NPC Standing Committee member, said the changes are necessary as "abuse and tolerating violence do exist in detention houses".

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 Source : chinadaily  Editor: Ivy
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