Court Revokes Death Sentence 21 Years After Innocent Man’s Execution

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December 2, 2016 – Court Revokes Death Sentence 21 Years After An Innocent Man Was Executed For Rape & Murder

Chinese man, Nie Shubin, who was executed 21 years ago for rape and murder, had his conviction overturned by China’s top court on Friday.

The second circuit court under the Supreme People’s Court revoked the verdict.

Nie was convicted of raping and murdering a woman in Hebei provincial capital, Shijiazhuang in 1995 and executed the same year at the age of 21.

The case re-emerged in 2005 when another man, Wang Shujin, admitted guilt in the case and said Nie was innocent.

In December 2014, the SPC assigned the higher court of Shandong Province to review the case and the latter found there were too many questions about the previous trials to uphold the conviction.

However, the SPC decided to retry the case in June 2016.

The retrial panel of the second SPC circuit court reviewed all documents on the case, visited the crime scene, verified evidence and questioned former personnel who had handled the case.

It also heard opinions from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, which insisted that the evidence presented in the original trial was insufficient.

The SPC finally announced Nie was innocent on Friday.

It ruled that the evidence was lacking, the time of the crime and tools used to commit the crime could not be confirmed and the victim’s time and cause of death could not be confirmed.

It noted several key documents, including some records of the questioning of Nie and witnesses had been lost and the truth and legitimacy of Nie’s confession were questionable.

“The evidence used to convict Nie was not accurate and sufficient and did not meet the requirements for a conviction,’’ it said.

(Xinhua/NAN)

9 thoughts on “Court Revokes Death Sentence 21 Years After Innocent Man’s Execution

  1. As you are reading this comment, May you never die the death of another for a crime you never committed IJN (Amen).
    So painful.
    Such a waste of life!

    Smh…

  2. Maybe this is why they have the saying that it is better to let nine guilty men walk free than to convict an innocent man.
    Very painful!
    I imagine it cannot be easy for the judges and witnesses who participated in the original trial to hear this new verdict……..quite a burden of guilt to carry about.

    May the soul of the innocent man RIP!
    Chaaaaaaaaiiiiiiii !!!

  3. TO UNEARTH this long-closed case, is it to give justice to the deceased, or to inflict more pains on his survivors. The man is already dead. And so, to what end is revoking the execution as if they could call him back from the dead? Or is the judiciary now going to compensate the family for the bereavement? I hate to read this!

    • Among other things, the current result should enable improved methods of investigation to prevent re-occurrences. Furthermore, it helps to confirm that, indeed, the deceased paid for acts he did not commit; the judgement has brought some solace to his family. This it yet another powerful against the death penalty.

  4. THIS IS ONE OF THE MANY REASONS THAT I CAN NEVER AND I WILL NEVER SUPPORT DEATH PENALTY,CAPITAL PURNISHMENT IS BARBARIC, PRIMITIVE AND STUPID, WE ARE TOO ADVANCE OF A PEOPLE TO BE PURPOSELY KILLING EACH OTHER, REGARDLESS OF THE CRIME… IT SHOULD BE ABOLISH WORLD WIDE, AS IS DOES LITTLE TO DETER FURTURE CRIME…

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