A prisoner on death-row who was later declared innocent and freed from prison will receive 1.14 million yuan in compensation.
Nian Bian, 39, received a letter yesterday from the same Fuzhou court which had sentenced him to death for the murder of two children in 2008. The letter detailed the compensation amounts, including around 590,000 yuan for the loss of freedom and 550,000 yuan for his mental suffering, Shanghai Daily reports, citing CCTV.
The case goes all the way back to 2006, when Nian had rented out an apartment in the Aoqian village of Fujian’s Pingtan county from a man named Chen Yanjiao. His neighbor was named Ding Yunxia.
On July 27, six people from Chen and Ding’s families suffered food poisoning and two of Ding’s children died. Traces of rate poison were said to be found in the children’s bodies and Nian was detained when police said they found traces of the poison at his home.
Nian said he was tortured into confessing during interrogations and had tried to appeal his sentence for years. He said that two officers concealed evidence that would have pointed to his innocence and faked reports to make him appear guilty. They had also threatened to arrest his wife.
A higher court in Fujian overturned the guilty verdict and said that the prosecution had presented conflicting evidence. Nian had spent eight years in prison before being acquitted.
Earlier this month, the parents of a man who was wrongly accused of raping and murdering a woman in Inner Mongolia in 1996 received two million yuan in compensation from the Chinese government. Sadly, their son never lived to see his name cleared, as he was executed shortly after being convicted.