Apparently in response to public demand, 27 officials responsible for the wrongful conviction and execution of a teenage boy two decades ago have received their punishment. But the family of the deceased believes that the penalties simply aren’t enough.
Having expected harsher punishment for the miscarriage of justice, the parents of Hugjiltu reported feeling “very aggrieved and unsatisfied” with the mere admonishment that most of the Inner Mongolia officials got off with.
They were convicted of seriously bungling the case of a woman found murdered on April 9th, 1996 inside a public toilet in Hohhot. Hugjiltu found the woman and was brought into police custody. Based on a confession that he made to the police during a 48-hour interrogation, he was put on trial for the crime. Despite the lack of evidence and his later insistence of his innocence, he was found guilty and executed two months later. He was 18 years old at the time.
On top of the “admonitions,” 26 of the group of officials responsible for Hugjiltu’s death face the supposedly devastating punishment of records of demerit.
As such, Hugjiltu’s parents plan to mete out their own form of justice by publishing the case files online for public scrutiny.
The couple took to Weibo to air their grievances with the judicial system: “An 18-year-old boy was put to death when there’s not sufficient evidence. But they have only been punished by “records of demerits”… Will the public buy the results?”
For the time being, former deputy chief Feng Zhiming, from the Xincheng District branch of Hohhot’s public security bureau, will apparently be the only official involved anticipating harsher consequences. Feng is suspected of other crimes and will thus be subject to further investigation.
Last year, Hugjiltu’s parents received 2.06 million yuan in state compensation from an Inner Mongolia court.
Earlier today, a Henan man jailed for more than 20 years for murder was acquitted due to lack of evidence. Fortunately, he had not been immediately executed following his conviction based solely on confessions.
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