Prisoner amnesty for WWII anniversary

China’s top legislature has adopted a prisoner amnesty deal to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The deal will see thousands of war veterans as well as very old, young or infirm prisoners granted official pardons.

Chinese President Xi Jinping promulgated a prisoner amnesty deal on Saturday, days before celebrations are held to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.

It’s the 8th amnesty since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

The previous such pardon was issued to war criminals 40 years ago.

The latest deal applies to four categories of prisoners who are not deemed a threat to society and who were sentenced before Jan. 1, 2015.

They include war veterans as well as very elderly, young or sick prisoners.

Judicial authorities estimate there are “several thousand qualified prisoners,” with the oldest aged 95.

Li Shishi, an official of China’s top legislature, says amnesties are a humanitarian practice, and that this one has “great political and legal significance” due to the war anniversary.

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