Beijing, May 25: China’s top court has said that all death penalty cases will carry two years reprieve, with the exception of those criminals condemned to immediate execution.
In its annual report, the Supreme People’s Court said Tuesday it would continue to ensure that only small numbers of extremely serious criminals were executed, Global Times reported Wednesday.
Those who are not sentenced to immediate execution will get two years’ suspension of the death penalty.
There were many reasons for the government’s caution over the death penalty, the daily quoted experts as saying.
Aside from international pressure over China’s execution record, bungled cases involving the death penalty have also prompted a more cautious approach.