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11.24.2007

Less death sentences, according to Xinhua

The Xinhua News Agency issued a news report according to which in 2007 the number of death sentences with a two years reprieve for the first time was higher than the number of death sentences.

Death sentence with a two years reprieve are automatically commuted to life imprisonment, unless the offender commits recidivist crimes while in prison.

This - of course - does not say anything about the number of death sentences issued every year.