CHINA China's top court reaffirms strict control of death penalty


China's top court reaffirms strict control of death penalty


02:00, October 18, 2019

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The case of Shaanxi Mizhi “4·27” killing students was publicly heard in the first instance of Yulin Intermediate People's Court, July 10, 2019. The defendant Zhao Zewei was sentenced to death for the crime of intentional homicide and deprived of his political rights for life.  (Photo: Xinhua)

BEIJING (Xinhua) -- Supreme People's Court (SPC) on Thursday asked courts at various levels to strictly observe China's policy of strictly controlling and prudently applying the death penalty.

Courts should make sure the death penalty is only administered for an extremely small number of convicted criminals of extremely severe offenses, said the SPC at a work conference on criminal justice.

The SPC has the duty to review all death penalty decisions handed out by lower courts.

In handling drug-related cases, both strict punishment and targeted crackdowns should be continued, according to the SPC.

Criminal trials should not be indifferent to public opinion, nor should they be dictated by public opinion, according to the SPC, which also said criminal judgments should ensure justice is delivered in each case. 

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