Capital offences in China
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In Mainland China, there are 53 criminal offences eligible for the death penalty. Many of these offences are non-violent and are considered economic criminal offences. These are defined in The Criminal Law of China, which comprehensively identifies criminal acts and their corresponding liabilities. A 2011 amendment to this law for the purpose of legal provisions improvement reduced the number of capital crimes by 19.1 percent and gave more lenient punishments to minors and the elderly (75 years old and above).
List of capital offences
Crimes Endangering National Security
Endangering national security is among the crime categories included in the 1997 revision of China's criminal code. It comprises Articles 102 to 113 of the 1997 Criminal Law and imposes the confiscation of property as a supplementary penalty. The crimes included are:
Crimes Endangering Public Security
- Spreading poisons
- Spreading hazardous substances (e.g., radioactive, toxic, pathogenic)
- Seriously endangering public safety, broadly construed
- Sabotaging electricity
- Sabotaging gas, fuel, petroleum, or other flammables or explosives
- Hijacking aircraft
- Illegal possession, transport, smuggling, or selling of explosives or firearms
- Trafficking or smuggling nuclear materials
- Illegally manufacturing, selling, transporting or storing hazardous materials
- Theft of explosives or other dangerous material
- Theft of firearms, ammunition or other dangerous material
- Production or sale of counterfeit medicine
- Production or sale of hazardous food products
Crimes against persons
Crimes against property
Crimes against public order
- Prison escape, jailbreaking
- Raiding a prison
- Smuggling, dealing, transporting or manufacturing drugs
Crimes against national defense
- Sabotaging weapons, military installations, or military communications
- Providing substandard weapons or military installations
Corruption and bribery
Breach of duty by soldiers
- Concealment or false reporting of military intelligence
- Refusing to pass or falsely passing orders
- Defection with aircraft or ships
- Selling military secrets
- Theft of military weaponry or supplies
- Illegally selling or transferring military weaponry or supplies
- Killing innocent inhabitants of war zones or plundering their property
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