China lowers criminal liability age to 12 years

  • China on Sunday lowered the age of criminal liability for certain serious crimes from the previous 14 years to 12 years.

  • This moves comes amidst the country trying to look to combat and reduce juvenile crime committed by children.

  • Under the new amended law, now children aged from 12-14 years will be held criminally accountable for intentional homicide or intentional injury- that leads to death or causes a severe disability.

  • The amendment was passed on Saturday by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress will come into immediate effect.

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