China reshuffled its judiciary on the weekend in an effort to combat corruption, the South China Morning Post reported. Four senior officials were appointed to the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate. Nan Ying and Jing Hanchao were named court vice-presidents; Zhang Changren and Ke Hanmin became deputy chief procurators. Hu Kehui and Wang Zhenchuan were removed as deputy chief procurators, and five senior officials were also removed as judges or members of the court’s judicial committee. The appointments come after Supreme Court Vice President Huang Songyou was dismissed on suspicion of taking bribes last October. Analysts said while the appointments show Beijing’s determination to fight corruption, real change will not occur without a strengthening of the checks and balances within the judiciary.
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