China clarifies criteria for capital punishment
The maximum penalty for those found guilty of embezzling or accepting bribes worth 3 million yuan (about $ 463,000) or more in an “extremely serious case” with “extremely vile impact” will be the death penalty, according to a new judicial explanation.
The ruling was jointly issued by the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.
A two-year suspended death sentence may be issued if there are mitigating factors, according to the judicial document. In practice, courts tend to be more lenient when sentencing those who have cooperated during the investigation.
In cases where the death penalty is deemed too severe for the crime, a life sentence without commutation or parole maybe given, according to the document.