China clar­i­fies cri­te­ria for cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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