It would seem that police brutality is not just for ordinary – powerless – citizens in China.
A policewoman from central China’s Henan Province was recently arrested when visiting her daughter in the provincial capital Zhengzhou. Mistakenly accused of being sex workers, the woman and her daughter were beaten, tortured and detained for hours by local police.
After media reports led to public outcry, the policemen who were responsible for arrest were suspended from active duty.
This must be one of the most embarrassing mix-ups in the history of China’s police. Not only did this poor policewoman suffer the punches of her male counterparts, when she attempted to persuade them they were making a mistake by showing her own police ID they laughed at her. And when she requested to see the policemen’s credentials, they told her that their uniform was all the ID she needed to see.
“The High Representative Catherine Ashton is concerned by the adoption of the Law on treason in the Russian State Duma on 23 October”, a press release issued by a spokesperson says.
“The new law would expand the scope for prosecution of and reduce the burden of proof for charges of treason and espionage,” the statement continues. “The abstract definition of treason contained in the law will make it difficult to apply in a fair manner. It also potentially penalises contacts with foreign nationals with up to 20 years in prison.”