China compensates wrongly jailed man

2012-11-02 13:06
A restraining chair in a meeting room inside the No1 Detention Centre in Beijing. (File, AFP)

A restraining chair in a meeting room inside the No1 Detention Centre in Beijing. (File, AFP)

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Beijing — A Chinese man has received record state compensation of $131 000 for 11 years of wrongful imprisonment.

The state-run Southern Metropolis Daily said on Thursday that Guangdong's provincial supreme court granted compensation to 39-year-old Huang Liyi for deprivation of personal freedom as well as psychological and emotional distress.

Huang's lawyer, Yang Xuelin, said on his blog that Huang received the money on Monday.

Huang was arrested in 1999 for check fraud and was sentenced the next year to life in prison. Huang was acquitted in 2010 on the ground of insufficient evidence and released from jail.

Wrongful convictions are common in China's legal system, which is notorious for using torture to extort confession from suspects.

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