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Communist Party is the Final Arbiter in Chain’s Judicial System: Experts - 2003-01-02


Interview with Lama Kyab, a former law teacher in Tibet, ever since the Communist Party seized control of China in 1949 behind Mao Tsetung’s slogan that “political power grows out of the barrel of gun,” the government has had a troubled relationship with law. In the 1950s lawyers were labeled as “rightists” and arrested by the thousands. Even today, lawyers have no place at the pinnacle of power. Experts say although some kind of trials has been reinstituted, the bottom line is: the final arbiter is the communist party.

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