Monday, 18 April 2016

China introduces the death penalty for officials involved in corruption cases

According to the Daily Mail news reports, corruption cases involving more than £300,000 - or three million yuan - could incur the death penalty in future, Chinese authorities have ruled.

Under President Xi Jinping the country has waged a much-publicised anti-corruption campaign however no Communist Party official is known to have been put to death for the offence since Xi took office.

The Supreme People's Court and China's national prosecuting body said that bribes or embezzlement totalling three million yuan or more will be considered 'extraordinarily huge value' and could incur the death penalty, or a life sentence without parole.

Corruption cases involving three million yuan or more may incur the death penalty in future, Chinese authorities have ruled

Such offenders will be eligible for the death penalty if their actions had 'extremely severe circumstances and caused extremely vile social impact and extremely significant losses to the state's and the people's interests', Xinhua News Agency cited their joint 'judicial explanation' as saying.

Capital punishment will remain an option for the courts -- which in China are controlled by the ruling party -- and will not be mandatory.

The intent was to punish corruption 'with severity according to the law', Xinhua said.

Supreme People's Court judge Pei Xianding said judicial authorities would hand down death sentences 'in a resolute manner', Xinhua reported separately.

A previous threshold was set in 1997 at 100,000 yuan, but was not updated until it was abolished last year.

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