Chinese police recently arrested “Rebel Pepper,” the famous political cartoonist with a huge Internet following in Mainland China, on suspicion of “provoking anti-government sentiment.” He was released 24 hours later.
Spurred on by the arrest, a human rights lawyer published the article: “10 Must-Knows When You Encounter the Police.” The blog article received many reviews and forwards, before it was deleted by censors.
10 things you need to know
- The duration of interrogation should not exceed 12 hours unless the case is particularly significant.
- If a detention warrant is issued, the suspect should be transferred to the detention center within 24 hours.
- The suspect will have a much better time at the detention center than the police interrogation room. There will still be interrogation in the evening, but the suspect can refuse.
- According to China’s Criminal Procedure Law Article No.50, the suspect shall not be forced to confess. The suspect has the right to remain silent.
- The law prescribes that suspects are entitled to food and rest. One has the right to sleep and rest.
- One has the right to hire a lawyer.
- It is better to wait until the lawyer arrives to talk about important facts.
- One must check whether the police have accurately recorded his/her words. It is important to correct any misinterpretation. If the transcription is not right, one has the right to modify the records.
- Every detention center has resident prosecutors. If the police did something illegal, one can report it to the prosecutor for later investigation
- Because of the presumption of innocence, the suspect is not guilty before the court decision comes into effect. One has no obligation to make public repentance on TV.
This article was soon deleted from the Internet by censors. Some people said that one could see the abnormality of the society from such tight control of information: even teaching people how to protect themselves is not allowed.
Some also pointed out that it is vital for every citizen to know something about criminal law: “It might come in handy and even save our lives someday in this chaotic time we live in.”
Rebel Pepper’s real name is Wang Liming “Rebel Pepper.” He was born in 1973 in Hunan Province. His cartoons, which mostly focus on criticizing social evils, have a wide audience on the Internet, attracting 290,000 and 510,000 fans on Sina microblog and Tencent microblog respectively.
Source: NTD Television
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