Chinese villager, 50, who was wrongly convicted of murder and was put to death, is freed 25 years later and gets a record payout
- Liu Zhonglin was convicted of the 1990 murder of an 18-year-old woman in Jilin
- He received a death sentence in 1994 that was later converted into a life in prison
- Man was acquitted last April on the basis of unclear facts, insufficient evidence
- It is thought that Liu has served the longest period of unlawful detention in China
Kelsey Cheng for mailonline
A man who was 25 years behind bars for a murder he had not committed was acquitted and awarded a record amount of 4.6 million yuan (£ 529,000) in compensation from the state.
Liu Zhonglin, 50, was arrested in October 1990, when he was 22, on the murder of an 18-year-old woman after her body was found in an arable crop in the Dongliao district, Jilin Province in the north-east of China.
Liu was convicted of deliberate manslaughter and received a conditional death sentence in July 1994, which was later converted into life in prison, according to Xinhua news agency. Liu had kept his innocence during his imprisonment.
Liu Zhonglin (center), 50, leaves the higher court of Jilin province last April after being acquitted for murder. Liu was arrested in October 1990, when he was 22, on the murder of an 18-year-old woman whose body was found in a field in Dongliao, Jilin
After having spent 9,217 days behind the bars, Liu was released in January 2016 and acquitted in April last year by the Supreme Court of Jilin Province on account of 'unclear facts & # 39; and & # 39; insufficient proof & # 39 ;.
According to reports, Liu would have served the longest period of unjust detention in China.
The compensation that Liu received from the Liaoyuan Intermediate People & # 39; s Court on Monday included 1.97 million yuan (£ 227,000) for spiritual need & # 39; and 2.6 million yuan (£ 299,000) for loss of personal freedom & # 39 ;, thus giving the package the highest payout ever to an improperly convicted person in the country, according to the state channel CCTV.
The compensation that Liu received from the Liaoyuan Intermediate People & Court on Monday included 1.97 million yuan (£ 227,000) for spiritual need & # 39; and 2.6 million yuan (£ 299,000) before & # 39; loss of personal freedom & # 39 ;, highest payout ever given to an improperly convicted person in China
Liu told reporters that he was satisfied with the amount of compensation, but that he & # 39; had been deprived of all his best days in his life.
In an unusual move, the court in October gave Liu a first 500,000 yuan (£ 57,000), so that according to Beijing News he could buy a property.
His lawyer Qu Zhenhong explained that the amount is in line with the 284.74 yuan (£ 32.74) loss or person freedom compensation for every day that was improperly spent behind bars. The amount is regulated by the Supreme People & # 39; s Court.
China has one of the highest conviction rates in the world, namely 99.9 percent in 2016. By comparison, according to the South China Morning Post, the conviction in the US federal court system is 93 percent.
Liu told reporters that he was satisfied with the amount of compensation, but that he & # 39; had been deprived of all his best days in his life. Liu talks with reporters after his acquittal in April
The Supreme People's Court abolished the use of sentencing rates as a performance benchmark in 2014 in the hope that this would lead to less abuse of rights and the reduction of cases of torture and forced confessions.
National courts heard more than 28,000 compensation cases from 2013 to October 2018, according to Xinhua.
Among them were the overturned cases of Huugjilt and Nie Shubin, both performed for rape and murder based on false convictions. The two were acquitted in 2014 and 2016 respectively.