Just a little reinforcement on the torture thing. A lot of people are upset about how the Times Square bomber was read Miranda Rights and not tortured, even though he still supplied good intelligence. This kind of mollycoddling wouldn't happen in China! Those guys even have no problem with torturing criminals to get to the truth. Only:
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese man who was supposedly hacked to death in a fight has reappeared in his hometown after 10 years, state media said, raising questions about police torture to extract a confession from the alleged killer.See the thing about torture is that is ain't no truth serum. People will talk alright, but they'll say whatever they think will make you stop torturing them. Caveat emptor.
Zhao Zuohai, the supposed killer, was acquitted of the crime and released by a Henan court on Saturday, state news agency Xinhua said, citing a court press conference on Sunday.
He had served 10 years of a 29-year sentence after confessing to killing Zhao Zhenshang in a hatchet fight in central China's Henan province, the China Daily reported this weekend.
A headless body was found in a village well about a year after the fight, at which point Zhao was arrested and confessed to the killing.
The victim, Zhao Zhenshang, reappeared in the village on May 2 to seek welfare support. He had fled after the fight because he feared he had killed the now-imprisoned Zhao.
Convictions in the Chinese court system are strongly dependent on confessions, motivating police to use force to get a confession and close the case.