China to apply death penalty to destroyers of power facilities
www.chinaview.cn 2007-08-21 13:16:05   Print

    BEIJING, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- China will apply death penalty to those who damaged electric power facilities, resulting in serious consequences, according to a new judicial interpretation which takes effect on Tuesday.

    Anyone who damaged electric power facilities and caused following four types of serious consequences will be sentenced to imprisonment for 10 years, life imprisonment and even death penalty, according to the judicial interpretation issued by the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of China on Monday.

    In line with article 119 of China's criminal law, the four kinds of grave consequences brought about by the destruction of electric power facilities are as follows:

    -- killing one or more people, seriously injuring at least three people, or slightly injuring 10 people or more;

    -- causing power cut for six hours or longer which affects the life of 10,000 households or industrial production;

    -- leaving direct economic losses of over 1 million yuan (131,500 U.S. dollars) and

    -- causing other serious consequences that endangered public security.

    The interpretation said those who negligently sabotaged electric power facilities but caused serious consequences will also be sentenced to imprisonment ranging from three to seven years.

Editor: An Lu
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