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Under President Xi Jinping the country has waged a much-publicised anti-corruption campaign vowing to target both powerful “tigers” and low-level “flies”, but no Communist Party official is known to have been put to death for the offence since Xi took office.
The Supreme People’s Court and China’s national prosecuting body said that bribes or embezzlement totalling three million yuan or more will be considered “extraordinarily huge value”, the Xinhua news agency reported.
Such offenders will be eligible for the death penalty if their actions had “extremely severe circumstances and caused extremely vile social impact and extremely significant losses to the state’s and the people’s interests”, Xinhua cited their joint “judicial explanation” as saying.
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