BEIJING (Xnhua) – President Xi Jinping on Saturday signed and issued an order of special pardons for nine categories of criminals on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The decision of granting the special pardons had been adopted by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, at a bimonthly session which closed Saturday.
The nine categories of criminals who are serving their sentences effective before Jan 1, 2019, will be pardoned, according to the order. They include:
Those who fought in the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the Chinese People’s War of Liberation; Those who fought in wars to safeguard national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity after the founding of the PRC in 1949;
Those who made fairly big contributions to the advancement of the country’s major projects after the founding of the PRC and received honors of provincial and ministerial level or above, including “Model Workers,” “Advanced Workers,” and “May 1 Labor Medals;”
Those who used to be on active service and received first class merit citations or higher-level awards; Those who were sentenced to less than three years in prison or have less than one year of remaining prison terms for acts of excessive defense or acts to avert danger in emergencies that exceed the limits of necessity;
Those aged 75 or above who have serious physical disabilities and are unable to take care of themselves; Those who committed crimes when they were under 18, and were sentenced to less than three years in prison or have less than one year of remaining prison terms;
Female prisoners who have been bereaved of their spouses and have to take care of their underage children or children with serious disabilities who are unable to care for themselves; they are eligible only under the condition that they were sentenced to less than three years in prison or that their remaining jail terms are less than one year; and
Those granted a parole who have undergone more than one fifth of their parole probation periods.