1 May 2016
China now allows the death penalty for ‘extremely serious’ corruption cases. Those found guilty of high-sum embezzlement or bribe-taking could now face execution. The move is part of China’s anti-corruption campaign.
Graft cases involving an “extraordinarily huge value” of three million yuan ($463,000; 409,700 euros) or more may attract the death penalty
Officials who are found guilty of such “extremely serious cases” will be eligible for the penalty if their actions “caused extremely vile social impact and extremely significant losses to the state’s and the people’s interests,”
The courts intended to punish corruption “with severity according to the law,” but will dole out the death sentences “in a resolute manner,” reported Xinhua. China’s party-controlled courts, but will not be mandatory for each “extreme” case.
Suspended death sentences which are commuted to a life term have already been handed out in several severe cases.
The ruling also expanded the definition of bribery for government officials, including debt forgiveness and receiving gifts even without a specific request at the time.
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