China to overturn death sentences
Ten percent of death sentences in China was overturned since the top court began reviewing sentences since 2007. This was done in a bid to limit the use of capital punishment. Most of reversals done were due to insufficient evidence, procedural flaws or simply the penalty was to harsh.
In 1981, provincial courts were given the authority by the Supreme People Court to pass death sentences to tackle rising problem in crimes. Top court to back the rights of final review in 2007 after the practice of giving out death sentences was widely criticized after reports of abuse in justice. The Supreme court will not tolerate mistakes regarding evidences and procedure and will investigate questionable judgments. They will make sure that the death sentence given is accurate and mistake free to respect the convicts and protect their rights.
The Supreme court overturned ten percent of the death sentences given out, and most executions carried out were for violent crimes like murder and robbery. Drug trafficking and corruption were also punishable with death sentences. The National People’s Congress is considering amending the country’s criminal law to take at least 13 offenses from the 68 crimes that are punishable by death. No decision was been announced yet and top court strongly supports the move, and is for controlling the imposition of the death penalty.