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Beijing to add more prosecutors to curb cybercrime

Date: May 03, 2013
By: Ellyne Phneah

The prosecuting authorities of Chinese capital Beijing will bring in more professionals capable of inspecting online evidence to better curb Internet crime.

According to the Beijing's People Procuratorate, the number of cybercrime cases, especially online fraud is rising quickly but there are few prosecutors with the technical background and knowledge to handle such cases, China Daily reported on Thursday.

Beijing will hire more professionals who can inspect online evidence due to surge in cybercrime, and lack of prosecutors with right skills.
Since 2008, prosecutors in Beijing's Chaoyang district has tackled more than 50 cases involving Internet fraud, while the procuratorate in Shijingshan district has prosecuted more than 200 residents for such crime, the report noted.

To handle online cases, prosecutors should be able to analyze and examine online evidence, but this is a challenge for current prosecutors, Zhang Kai, a prosecutor from Chaoyang district, said in the report.

However, many prosecutors are not knowledgeable about online fraud skills used by cybercriminals, which makes it difficult to solve such cases, Ma Shuang, another prosecutor from the Shijingshan district, noted, adding online evidence is "a key to lodge a prosecution, but is hard to find and inspect".

Both prosecutors also pointed out in 2012, the first batch of prosecutors were trained with computer skills and online evidence inspection but the number of prosecutors good at dealing with online cases across the city is still fewer than 10, far from what was expected and cannot adapt to the online crime boom.

Moving forward, Beijing's top procuratorate will continue training in online evidence inspection and analysis, while considering employing prosectors whose educational majors relate to computers and network.

The prosecuting authorities in Dongcheng district have already taken the first step by establishing an office involving five prosecutors tackling online crimes this year.

"We have only one with computer background, but we will study [online evidence] together, and this special group, I believe, can target online crimes and make inspections effectively," Mao Shoujia, director of the new office, said.

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