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Wrongly jailed man gets state compensation

English.news.cn   2010-05-13 12:17:16 FeedbackPrintRSS

ZHENGZHOU, May 13 (Xinhua) -- A man who was wrongly jailed for 11 years for murder was compensated 650,000 yuan (96,000 U.S. dollars), authorities in north China's Henan Province said Thursday.

The amount includes state compensation and allowances, according to a ruling made by the Intermediate People's Court in Shangqiu City on Wednesday.

Zhao Zuohai, 57, received the compensation Thursday morning from Song Haiping, president of the intermediate court, a court official said at a joint press conference with the province's Higher Court.

He said the compensation was made in line with the state compensation law.

Zhao had spent 11 years in jail when the man he allegedly murdered turned up alive on April 30. Zhao was declared innocent and was acquitted on May 9.

Prof. Liu Defa with Zhengzhou University's Law School spoke highly of the court's efficiency in its compensation ruling. "Hopefully the belated justice will help ease Zhao's pains."

Zhengzhou resident Ren Xianguo, however, held the compensation was too little compared with Zhao's sufferings over the years.

When Zhao was in jail, his wife remarried, two of his four children were adopted while the other two left to become migrant workers.

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Editor: Zhang Xiang
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