A brutal murder of a year-old girl by a year-old boy shocked China. When it was announced that the boy would not face criminal charges because of his age, it became the latest in a string of cases which have sparked a debate about the age of criminal responsibility, writes BBC Monitoring's Kerry Allen. The boy, named only as Cai, confessed to the murder of the year-old girl in Dalian, Northeast Liaoning province, earlier this month. But he will not spend any time behind bars; instead he was given three years in "rehabilitation" - a sentence Chinese media called "the harshest punishment within the current legal system for a minor". Under normal circumstances, a child of 13 in China would not be held criminally responsible for their actions - the age of criminal responsibility is In the UK, it is
Chinese minor, 13, receives three year penalty for murder
Executed Chinese teen found innocent
No execution date was given but death sentences are supposed to be reviewed by a higher court before being carried out, usually by gunshot. The four broke into the home of Jurgen Hermann Pfrang, 50, an executive with automaker DaimlerChrysler, on the night of April 1. Discovered by Pfrang, they stabbed him to death along with his wife, Petra, 40, daughter Sandra Melanie, 15, and son Thorsten Oliver, Police arrested the four while they were still inside the gated residential compound on the outskirts of Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province. Pfrang had been deputy general manager of Yaxing Benz Ltd.
Chinese Teens Sentenced to Death
BEIJING — A Chinese court has sentenced two teenagers to death for what the authorities said was their role in the murder of a prominent Islamic cleric in the western region of Xinjiang, the state news media reported Monday. The verdict, issued Sunday and just two months after Mr. Despite an overwhelming show of force across southern Xinjiang, a wave of violence has claimed at least lives in the past year, and hundreds of people have been detained. Frequently quoted in the state news media, he was a reliable supporter of government restrictions on so-called unlawful religious practices.
On 5 December , ten years after the execution, Zhao Zhihong wrote the Petition of my Death Penalty admitting he had committed the crime. Huugjilt was posthumously exonerated and Zhao Zhihong was sentenced to death in Xinhua stated that the case was "one of the most notorious cases of judicial injustice in China in the recent decade. Huugjilt, a Chinese Mongol , had only a single name. A woman surnamed Yang  was raped and murdered inside a public toilet  in a Hohhot textile factory, on 9 April