China is considering amnesty for prisoners who meet certain conditions.
The Chinese legislature is reviewing draft amendments to the penal code that would allow official pardons for eligible convicts, according to Ming Pao Daily.
They include certain categories of prisoners, including survivors of China’s war of resistance against the Japanese in World War II and the civil war against the Kuomintang.
Also eligible for amnesty under the proposal are convicts 75 years old and above who can longer look after themselves, those under 18 and those serving imprisonment of three years or less.
However, criminals who have been convicted of bribery or embezzlement, terrorism, violent crime, drug-related offenses, homicide or rape are disqualified.
The initiative coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender which China is celebrating with a grand ceremony on Sept. 3
This will be China’s eighth amnesty since 1949. The last official pardon was granted 40 years ago.
Li Shishi, director of the National People’s Congress legal work committee, said the move could inspire patriotism and promote social harmony.
But lawyer Zhang Qingfang said the amnesty is too narrow and has nor real significance.
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