The parents of Hugjiltu, a teenager executed for rape and murder in 1996, received 2.06 million yuan in state compensation last week, after their son’s murder conviction was overturned only 18 years too late.
NetEase reports that the Higher People’s Court in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region granted the money six days after Hugjiltu’s parents filed for compensation. The Court said the compensation was for the “extremely serious mental damage” inflicted on the parents.
Hugjiltu’s father spoke with Reuters. He said the compensation was “all right” and that he and his wife “respect the decision of the law and the state.”
He said that his main focus was on his son’s vindication, how much to compensate, he says, is up to the state. He plans to use the money to find a good cemetery plot for his son.
Hugjiltu was 18 years old when he was charged with the murder of a woman in a public toilet in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. He was executed two months later. Considerable doubt was thrown on the verdict in 2005 when a serial murder confessed to the murder in the public toilet in Hohhot.
A retrial only finally came last month, and he was finally exonerated on December 15. The retrial included additional evidence provided by Hugjiltu’s friend and eyewitness, who seriously questioned the police’s handling of the case. Following the decision, court authorities immediately presented Hugjiltu’s parents with 30,000 yuan in compensation and pledged further compensation.
However, many netizens aren’t happy with the compensation, saying that the money isn’t enough and calling for the officials and police responsible for Hugjiltu’s wrongful execution to be punished as well. The topic of compensation quickly became the most talked-about topic on Sina Weibo.
by Alex Linder
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