Pris­oner amnesty adopted for WWII an­niver­sary

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

China’s top leg­is­la­ture has adopted a pris­oner amnesty deal which will see thou­sands of war vet­er­ans as well as very old, young or in­firm pris­on­ers granted of­fi­cial par­dons, in a move mark­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of the end of World War II.

The deal, pro­mul­gated by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping on Aug 29, comes 40 years af­ter China granted an amnesty to war crim­i­nals in 1975, and 56 years af­ter it granted its first par­don to non­war crim­i­nals in 1959.

This is the eighth amnesty since the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China in 1949.

Four cat­e­gories of pris­on­ers who are not deemed a threat to so­ci­ety and were sen­tenced be­fore 2015, will be con­sid­ered, in­clud­ing crim­i­nals who fought in the War of Re­sis­tance against Ja­panese Ag­gres­sion and the civil war against the Kuom­intang, crim­i­nals who are 75 or above, and those with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties who are un­able to care for them­selves and those who com­mit­ted crimes while un­der the age of 18.

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