Date
18 December 2017
Police stand guard outside the Shandong high court, which is reviewing a 1995 execution for possible miscarriage of justice. Photo: AFP
Police stand guard outside the Shandong high court, which is reviewing a 1995 execution for possible miscarriage of justice. Photo: AFP

China reviews another execution after man claims he was killer

China is reviewing another execution carried out almost 20 years ago for possible miscarriage of justice after last week exonerating a teenager who was wrongly put to death for rape and murder.

Nie Shubin, 21, was executed in 1995 for the rape and murder of a woman a year earlier in the northern city of Shijiazhuang, Reuters said, citing a Xinhua report.

Five judges are reviewing Nie’s case because another man, Wang Shujin, has owned up to the crime, the report said. The case has set off a public outcry.

Wang, 47, was arrested in 2005 for three unconnected rape and murder cases. During questioning he claimed that he was responsible for the murder of which Nie was convicted, Xinhua said.

The case is being reviewed by the high court in Shandong province, the report said, because the Hebei higher court that originally approved Nie’s execution refused to overturn its verdict last year.

Last week, a court in Inner Mongolia found that 18-year-old Huugjilt was wrongly convicted in 1996 of raping and killing a woman in a public restroom.

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