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China lowers age of criminal responsibility to 12 for 'abominable' crimes

China lowers age of criminal responsibility to 12 for 'abominable' crimes

People walk past a screen displaying a police public service announcement outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov 20, 2020. (Photo: AFP/GREG BAKER)

SHANGHAI: China has lowered the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old for "abominable" crimes such as murder or causing injury that leads to death or severe disabilities by extremely cruel means, the China Daily said.

The revision was passed by the National People's Congress Standing Committee on Saturday (Dec 26) after a third review and will be effective from Mar 1. It applies to children aged between 12 and 14, the state-backed newspaper said.

Children in China aged 14 to 16 can be held criminally liable if they intentionally commit serious violent crimes such as murder and rape. For most other offences, the age of criminal liability is 16.

Source: Reuters/kv

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