China this week proposed changes to its criminal law that would allow suspects in big corruption cases to be held without arrest at undisclosed locations for up to six months, according to a report by the Associated Press.
The law would also apply to state security and terrorism cases.
China sometimes imposes the death penalty on defendants convicted of corruption. In June, a former senior executive with state-owned telecom company China Mobile was sentenced to death for taking bribes from Siemens.
The proposed new criminal law would require police to seek approval from ‘a higher level public security agency or prosecutor’ to hold suspects in secret jails. But police wouldn’t have to notify families of suspects if doing so would obstruct investigations.
China’s current law allows detention without arrest for up to six months under “residential surveillance.”