Prisoner amnesty adopted for WWII anniversary
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.