Supreme People’s Court Interpretation Concerning Some Questions on Concretely Applicable Law in Hearing Criminal Smuggling Cases (Excerpt)

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(Passed on 20 September 2000 in the 1131st meeting the Supreme People’s Council Judicial Committee, JI No. (2000)30)

Article 5: “Other obscene items” as provided in Article 152 of the Criminal Law, refers to items such as video discs, audio discs, electronic publications, etc., other than films, video tapes, audio tapes, picture, books and periodicals, that through forms such as writing, sound, images, etc. display obscene content.

When smuggling of obscene goods fulfils one of the following quantities, it will be regarded as smuggling of obscene goods “with relatively light circumstances”, and be punished with fixed-term imprisonment of less than three years, criminal detention or surveillance, and a fine:

(1) smuggling of more than fifty, to one hundred obscene video tapes, video discs;

(2) smuggling of more than one hundred, to two hundred obscene audio tapes, audio discs;

(3) smuggling of more than one hundred to two hundred obscene playing card sets, books, picture albums’

(4) smuggling of more than five hundred to one thousand obscene photos, images;

(5) smuggling of the equivalent abovementioned number of other obscene products.

Where smuggling of obscene goods does not reach five times the maximum limit of the provisions in Paragraph 2 of this Article, it shall be punished with fixed-term imprisonment of more than three years but less than ten years, and a fine.

Where smuggling of obscene goods exceeds five times the maximum limit of the provisions in Paragraph 2 of this Article, or although it does not meet five times the maximum limit, but there are grave circumstances such as involvement of the ringleader of a criminal croup or use of special vehicles to engage in smuggling, etc., it will be regarded as smuggling of obscene goods “with grave circumstances”, and be punished with fixed-term imprisonment of more than ten years or life imprisonment, and a fine or confiscation of goods.

Smuggling of non-obscene goods such as films, video discs, video tapes, audio tapes, pictures, books, electronic publications, etc, will be convicted and punished according to the provisions of Article 153 of the Criminal Law.

最高人民法院关于审理走私刑事案件具体应用法律若干问题的解释

(2000年9月20日最高人民法院审判委员会第1131次会议通过 法释〔2000〕30号)

第五条 刑法第一百五十二条规定的“其他淫秽物品”,是指除淫秽的影片、录像带、录音带、图片、书刊以外的,通过文字、声音、形象等形式表现淫秽内容的影碟、音碟、电子出版物等物品。

走私淫秽物品达到下列数量之一的,属于走私淫秽物品罪“情节较轻”,处三年以下有期徒刑、拘役或者管制,并处罚金:

(一)走私淫秽录像带、影碟五十盘(张)以上至一百盘(张)的;

(二)走私淫秽录音带、音碟一百盘(张)以上至二百盘(张)的;

(三)走私淫秽扑克、书刊、画册一百副(册)以上至二百副(册)的;

(四)走私淫秽照片、画片五百张以上至一千张的;

(五)走私其他淫秽物品相当于上述数量的。

走私淫秽物品在本条第二款规定的最高数量以上不满最高数量五倍的,处三年以上十年以下有期徒刑,并处罚金。

走私淫秽物品在本条第二款规定的最高数量五倍以上,或者虽不满最高数量五倍,但具有是犯罪集团的首要分子或者使用特种车进行走私等严重情节的,属于走私淫秽物品罪“情节严重”,处十年以上有期徒刑或者无期徒刑,并处罚金或者没收财产。

走私非淫秽的影片、影碟、录像带、录音带、音碟、图片、书刊、电子出版物等物品的,依照刑法第一百五十三条的规定定罪处罚。

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