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China: Corrupt Officials May Face Death Penalty

China has announced the new Interpretation on bribery sentencing. (Image: Bykst via Pixabay/CC0 q.0)
China has announced the new Interpretation on bribery sentencing. (Image: Bykst via Pixabay/CC0 q.0)

On April 18, the Chinese Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate released an updated “judicial interpretation,” which has clearly stated corrupt officials with bribery of more than 3 million yuan ($463,023 USD) could face the death penalty with immediate execution.

The Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate have also announced sentencing standards and punishments for bribery conviction, including the death penalty, reprieve, and life imprisonment without parole.

Bribery of a large amount, namely above 3 million, may face the death penalty with immediate execution.

The interpretation has also stipulated that the above death penalty can be performed two years later if it also has the statutory lenient punishment and other circumstances.

Three years ago, when Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward the “catching tigers and flies together ” anti-corruption campaign, many analysts expected the anti-corruption issue would last for a long time, and focus more on higher-level officials.

The Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate also said that the judicial interpretations announced on April 18 will be implemented immediately.

Researched by Monica Song, edited by Wilma Oakes.

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