Thou­sands of pris­on­ers re­leased in amnesty deal

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A to­tal of 31,527 pris­on­ers, most of whom were ju­ve­niles when they com­mit­ted crimes, have been re­leased un­der an amnesty agree­ment, of­fi­cials said.

The agree­ment, de­cided on last year by the top leg­is­la­ture and signed by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, was adopted to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of the end of World War II.

Among those re­leased were those who fought in the War of Re­sis­tance Against Ja­panese Ag­gres­sion (1937-1945) and the Chi­nese civil war in the 1930s and 1940s. They are at least 80 years old.

The ma­jor­ity of those re­leased — 29,927 — com­mit­ted crimes when they were un­der 18 and were sen­tenced to less than three years in prison.

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