Bei­jing ap­proves pris­oner amnesty to mark WWII an­niver­sary

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Bei­jing on Satur­day ap­proved a pris­oner amnesty in a ges­ture to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of the de­feat of Ja­pan in World War II, Xin­hua News Agency re­ported.

Cit­ing ju­di­cial author­i­ties, Xin­hua’s re­port said “sev­eral thou­sand” pris­on­ers are es­ti­mated to be el­i­gi­ble for the amnesty. The old­est pris­oner is 95, it said. Four cat­e­gories of pris­on­ers who are not deemed a threat to so­ci­ety and who were sen­tenced be­fore Jan. 1, 2015, will be con­sid­ered:

1) “Crim­i­nals” who fought in the War of Re­sis­tance against Ja­panese Ag­gres­sion and the civil war against the Kuom­intang.

2) Crim­i­nals who par­tic­i­pated in wars to safe­guard na­tional sovereignty, se­cu­rity and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity af­ter 1949, with the ex­cep­tion of those found guilty of se­ri­ous crimes in­clud­ing em­bez­zle­ment and bribe-tak­ing, ter­ror­ism and or­ga­nized crime, as well re­peat of­fend­ers.

3) Crim­i­nals who are 75 or above, and those with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties who are un­able to care for them­selves.

4) Those who com­mit­ted crimes while un­der the age of 18 and re­ceived a max­i­mum sen­tence of three years in prison, or who have less than a year of their prison term to serve, with the ex­cep­tion of those con­victed of homi­cide, rape, ter­ror­ism or nar­cotics of­fenses.

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