The National People’s Congress (“NPC”) plans to amend the Criminal Procedure Law in October, adapting it to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, to which China become a signatory in 2005. This forthcoming amendment is part of the 2007 Legislation Plan issued by the Standing Committee of the NPC in February.
According to Wang Zhenchuan, deputy procurator general of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the amendment also addresses who has the burden of providing evidence and the system of criminal trials by default, as well as cooperation between Chinese and foreign judicial authorities.
It is reported that currently about 800 suspects wanted for embezzling a cumulative 70 billion yuan are living abroad. However, differences between Chinese laws and the UN convention have made it difficult for China to seek international cooperation to extradite corrupt officials.