Amnesty International has launched a bid to highlight the case of a Hong Kong man who has been sentenced to death twice for 'intentionally killing' two people in a fight. Zhuo Xiaojun, 34, was given the death penalty in 1990 after two men died following the fight outside the house where he was living in Changle county, Fujian, on December 26, 1989. Amnesty said yesterday that Zhuo was tried and convicted again this year on insufficient evidence, without receiving a fair trial. He was forced to confess and tortured, it claimed. The Fuzhou City Intermediate Court first found Zhuo guilty and sentenced him to death on September 7, 1990. Several times before sentencing Zhou, the court claimed it needed more evidence, though none was ever produced. An appeal was lodged with the Fujian Province Higher People's Court, which on January 23, 1992, deemed the evidence insufficient and overturned the conviction. The case was returned to the original court on January 15, 1993, but adjudication was delayed for seven years. On January 14 this year, the same court sentenced Zhuo to death using duplicate evidence from the first trial. According to the Amnesty report, despite the presence of 30 people during the fight, only the uncle of one of the initiators claimed to have seen Zhuo stab anyone. This eyewitness gave testimony that was not only self-contradictory and contrary to the forensic evidence, but he fled Changle county shortly afterwards, never to return. Zhuo claims he was only trying to break the fight up. Although Zhuo made a confession in 1989, he has testified it was forced from him after 33 hours of torture. He said he was suspended in handcuffs and heavy shackles, and was repeatedly kicked and beaten by hand and with electric batons. Zhuo's lawyer has raised several flaws in the police case. Court witnesses claim they were forced to sign prepared false statements under duress of threat and torture. Key evidence in the police files seven years ago has disappeared. No other suspects were pursued and, although others present had bloodstained clothes, only Zhuo's were examined. Amnesty International reports that Zhuo is suffering from hepatitis, a bleeding ulcer and ulcerating skin. Although his family has been asked to pay for medical treatment since 1992, they have never been allowed to visit him. Amnesty claims that Zhuo has been held under harsh conditions for the past eight years, with his hands and his feet constantly shackled together.