The parents of a man who was wrongfully convicted then executed for raping and murdering a woman in Inner Mongolia almost 20 years ago received 2 million yuan in compensation from the Chinese government on Monday, nearly two months after his innocence was restored by a Chinese court.
Li Sanren and Shang Aiyun are the parents of Hugjiltu, who was given the death sentence in 1996 and executed 62 days later when he was just 18 years old.
Hugjiltu’s name was cleared in December, at which time the vice president of the higher court presented his parents with 30,000 yuan in compensation, promising further compensation once Hugjiltu was formally announced innocent.
They received a call from the High People’s Court of Inner Mongolia on Monday about the added compensation, which the court said covers the wrongful death, funeral expenses and detention of their son, according to the Global Times.
Li and Shang said that they plan on using the money to move their son’s grave.
“We have visited a few places and we are planning to relocate our son’s grave after the Chinese New Year,” Shang said.
The family is also taking steps to see punishments doled out to those who mishandled the case all those years ago.