Beijing approves prisoner amnesty to mark WWII anniversary
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.