Wrongful imprisonment

Pair get 1.1m yuan each after decade in jail for murder they didn't commit

Zhang Gaoping, a 48-year-old man acquitted after 10 years in jail, shows his photo taken at the age of 37 at his former residence in Qichuan Village. Photo: Xinhua

The high court in Zhejiang province has ruled that two men wrongfully convicted of murder should each receive about 1.1 million yuan (HK$1.25 million) in compensation after serving 10 years in jail.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 4:05am

China must stop extracting confessions through use of torture

China must stop extracting confessions through use of torture

The provincial court of Zhejiang recently reversed its 2004 verdict of a suspended death sentence for Zhang Hui and a 15-year prison term for his uncle Zhang Gaoping on charges of rape and murder. The two were cleared due to the inadequacy of the previous evidence and admission of new evidence. They had spent 10 years behind bars.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am 2 comments

Chinese man accused of adultery clears his name after 50 years

Chinese man accused of adultery clears his name after 50 years

After his release in 1965, Wang Jingzhi of Jiangsu began several attempts to appeal his case after he was jailed for fathering a son with a soldier's wife. His luck finally changed last month when a court ruled a case of mistaken identity. 

7 Mar 2013 - 4:32pm 1 comment

Chongqing mafia boss says jailed lawyer was framed

Former defence lawyer Li Zhuang''s arrest in 2009 still has the legal community seething. Photo: NYT

An imprisoned Chongqing mafia boss who alleged that his lawyer fabricated evidence on his behalf - resulting in the lawyer being jailed for 18 months - has changed his testimony and said police in the municipality forced him to lie to frame him.

26 Nov 2012 - 4:59am

Briefs, November 21, 2012

Kuomintang honorary chairman Wu Po-hsiung has refused to say whether he expects the mainland's Taiwan affairs director, Wang Yi, to be promoted.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Nepali jailed in Japan for murder he did not commit urges prison reforms

Chandrakala Mainali welcomes home her son. Photo: AFP

A Nepali migrant worker who spent 15 years in a Japanese jail for a murder he did not commit claims he was tortured in prison and has urged Tokyo to reform its police and prison system.

Govinda Prasad Mainali was working at a restaurant in the Japanese capital when he was arrested on suspicion of strangling Yasuko Watanabe in 1997.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:20am

Briefs, November 8, 2012

Fukushima clean-up cost may be US$125b

8 Nov 2012 - 3:58am

Guangdong man gets record damages for wrongful imprisonment

Huang Liyi (left) and his lawyer

A Guangdong man who was wrongly jailed for 11 years has received about 825,000 yuan (HK$1.02 million) in compensation after being exonerated by a local court in 2010.

The payout was the highest ever granted under the national compensation law, according to his lawyer.

2 Nov 2012 - 7:23am