Chinese man gets $911,000 payout after he was wrongfully jailed for 25 years

New Delhi: A Chinese court today awarded 4.6 million yuan ($670,000) in damages to a man who was acquitted after spending 25 years in prison due to a judicial error, the state media reported.

Liu Zhonglin, who is now 50, was granted the compensation payout by the Liaoyuan Intermediate People’s Court on Monday, news site Thepaper.cn reported.

He is believed to have served the longest period of wrongful detention in China. For each day of his 9,217 days of imprisonment, Liu will receive about 500 yuan in compensation. The figure is just over a quarter of the 16.7 million yuan Lin and his lawyer had sought.

Liu was arrested in October 1990, when he was 22, over the murder of an 18-year-old woman whose body was found in a river at Huimin village in Dongliao county, Jilin, according to court documents.

He was found guilty of killing the woman, Zheng Dianrong, and given a suspended death sentence in 1994 that was later commuted to life in prison. Throughout his jail term, Liu had maintained his innocence.

Liu was freed in January 2016 after a successful retrial in the Jilin High People’s Court that started in 2012. He was finally acquitted in April 2018 on the grounds of “insufficient evidence”.

Liu told reporters that although he was satisfied with the compensation package, “[he] has already been deprived of his best days”.

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