Mil­lions paid for wrong­ful con­vic­tions

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

The cen­tral gov­ern­ment paid almost 90 mil­lion yuan ($14.5 mil­lion) in com­pen­sa­tion in one year to peo­ple con­victed of crimes they were later proved not to have com­mit­ted, ac­cord­ing to re­cently re­leased data.

Up to 825 in­di­vid­u­als re­ceived such com­pen­sa­tion in 2013, cost­ing 87.35 mil­lion yuan, an amount roughly equal to the value of 248,000 bar­rels of oil.

The 2013 work re­port of the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court said courts heard 2,045 cases re­lat­ing to State com­pen­sa­tion for th­ese and other cases where in­di­vid­u­als were un­duly harmed through gov­ern­ment ac­tions.

In 2012, 2,035 cases in­volved State com­pen­sa­tion of about 50 mil­lion yuan, a Supreme Peo­ple’s Court of­fi­cial said.

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