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Dialogue 10/09/02 China debates the death penalty; China seeks fairness & transparency in law

09-02-2010 20:30 BJT

Do you agree that a person should have the right of life no matter what bad things he has done?

China is amending its Criminal Law to reduce the number of crimes subjected to the death penalty. The draft amendment proposes cutting 13 economic-related, non-violent offenses from the list. There are currently 68 crimes punishable by death. The crimes include carrying out fraudulent activities with financial bills and letters of credit and forging and selling invoices to avoid taxes.The amendment also states a drop in capital punishment for those aged 75 or older at the time the crime is committed. The amendment has been submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People''s Congress, China''s top legislature.To discuss all of these issues we are join this studio by EDWARD LEHMAN and YI YANYOU.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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