Ex­e­cuted man found not guilty

Ev­i­dence in­suf­fi­cient, un­clear in 1990s Nie case, top court says

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By CAO YIN in Shenyang caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Jus­tice fi­nally came, though it was 21 years too late.

Nie Shu­bin, a young man ex­e­cuted in 1995 after be­ing found guilty in a rape and mur­der case, was de­clared not guilty by the top court on Fri­day.

The Supreme Peo­ple’s Court said in its ver­dict that facts and ev­i­dence in Nie’s case, which has drawn huge pub­lic at­ten­tion, were un­clear and in­suf­fi­cient, so “he should be an­nounced in­no­cent”.

It added that the judg­ment was made in ac­cor­dance with a ba­sic prin­ci­ple in the Crim­i­nal Law: No pun­ish­ment shall be given in doubt­ful cases.

“I’m sat­is­fied with the re­sult. I’ve been ex­pect­ing to­day for a long time,” said Zhang Huanzhi, Nie’s mother, with trem­bling voice and in tears.

She spent more than two decades try­ing to clear her son’s name.

She heard the an­nounce­ment at the Sec­ond Cir­cuit Court, one of the arms of the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court, in Shenyang, Liaon­ing prov­ince, on Fri­day morn­ing.

Zhang was also in­formed in court that she can ap­ply for State com­pen­sa­tion within two years. “I’ ll dis­cuss (the com­pen­sa­tion) with my hus­band,” she said.

XIE KUANGSHI / FOR CHINA DAILY

Nie Xuesh­eng, the fa­ther, and Nie Shuhui, the el­der sis­ter of Nie Shu­bin, burst into tears at home in Shi­ji­azhuang, He­bei prov­ince, after hear­ing the top court’s ver­dict.

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