China court grants death sentence reprieve to abuse victim

April 24, 2015 9:49 AM

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BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court granted a woman who killed her husband after years of abuse a two-year death sentence reprieve, state media said on Friday, a move cautiously welcomed by human rights activists.

The death sentence for Li Yan, 44, is expected to be commuted to a prison term after two years of good behavior, a shift which follows an unprecedented retrial last June that some hailed as a signal China was serious about battling domestic violence.

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