- CNTV English - CCTV News

Wronged inmate compensated by government

05-14-2010 08:55 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

A man wrongly imprisoned for 11 years is now being compensated by the government. Meng Lingqi takes a look at the story of the man who spent 11 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Justice has now been done for 57 year old Zhao Zuohai, who is receiving compensation for his wrongful conviction and years in prison.

Yuan Hegang, spokesperson of Henan Supreme Court, said, "On May 12th, Shangqiu Medium Court issued a state compensation and life subsidy totaling 650,000 Yuan."

650-thousand Yuan is about 96,000 US Dollars. It's much more than the average farmer could earn in 11 years.

But the loss of freedom and hardship caused by 11 years in prison cannot be calculated.

One day in October 1997, after a fight with Zhao Zuohai, another man, Zhao Zhentang, disappeared.

In May 1999, a headless body was discovered in the well of the village. It was thought to be the body of Zhao Zhentang and Zuohai became a suspect.

Later, Shangqiu Medium Court sentenced him to death with a two-year reprieve. That ruling was later changed to life in prison.

But after 11 years, the farmer who was thought to have been murdered returned to his village.

Police records show that Zhao Zuohai confessed nine times during police interrogations. Prosecutors say torture was involved.

The Disciplinary departments of Henan Supreme Court is probing the case. It says the personnel responsible for the false ruling will be punished.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source:

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program