Executed man found not guilty
Evidence insufficient, unclear in 1990s Nie case, top court says
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.
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.