$8,740 for more than year in prison
CHAN YEE HON
A Guangdong man wrongfully detained for more than a year as a suspect in a fraud case has been awarded 9,399 yuan (HK$8,740) in compensation.
Guangzhou media reports said it was the first compensation ruling made by the Guangzhou City Intermediate Court since the National Compensation Act was passed on January 1, 1995.
The sum awarded on Tuesday to Ruan Wenjian, 32, was considerably less than the 12,542 yuan he had been seeking in lost wages for the period he was held.
A demand for 300,000 yuan in compensation for psychological damage was rejected.
Wang Chenguang, associate professor of law at Hong Kong City University, said: 'The ruling is significant. The public security authorities will have to exercise their power in accordance with the law.' Mr Ruan was suspected of involvement in a fraud case and arrested by the Public Security Bureau in Huangpu district on June 9, 1996.
He was released on June 13 last year after the bureau failed to provide evidence of his alleged crime.
Mr Ruan filed a complaint with the Guangzhou Public Security Bureau on January 4 demanding compensation for the wrongful detention.
When he failed to receive a reply, he went to the bureau and asked for a review of his complaint.
The Guangzhou City Intermediate Court said Mr Ruan should be compensated 25.47 yuan for each day in detention, the national average salary for workers.