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CHINA: MAN GETS $189,000 FOR SIX YEARS ON DEATH ROW

February 17, 2015: A Chinese man who was freed after six years on death row following a wrongful murder conviction was paid $189,000 (Sh17mn) in compensation, state media said, amid anger at the flawed legal system.
Nian Bin, a former food-stall owner who was convicted of poisoning two children and condemned to death in 2008, was finally freed after a court quashed his conviction last August.
A court awarded him 1.14 million yuan ($189,000) for loss of personal freedom and mental suffering, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
His case went through multiple appeals, with lawyers arguing that the evidence against him was insufficient and saying police had tortured him to obtain a confession.
Nian applied in December for 15 million yuan ($2.4 million) in compensation from the government at a court in the eastern province of Fujian which had upheld his death sentence three times, the China Daily reported at the time.
He also requested the court make a public apology through the media, it added.
Acquittals in China’s Communist-controlled court system are extremely rare – 99.93 percent of defendants in criminal cases were found guilty last year, according to official statistics.
The use of force to extract confessions remains widespread in the country and defendants often do not have an effective defence in criminal trials, leading to regular miscarriages of justice.
China has occasionally exonerated wrongfully executed convicts after others came forward to confess their crimes, or in some cases because the supposed murder victim was later found alive.
The Communist Party is attempting to allay public anger over injustices by lessening the influence of local officials over some court cases, and reversing verdicts in some high-profile cases. (Sources: AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, 17/02/2015)

AFGHANISTAN: HUMAN TRAFFICKER EXECUTED IN KABUL
EGYPT: FOUR BROTHERHOOD MEMBERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
SAUDI ARABIA: TWO BEHEADED IN RIYADH AND MEDINA
IRAN: 7 MEN AND 1 WOMAN EXECUTED
BAHRAIN: KILLERS OF UAE OFFICER GET DEATH SENTENCE
IRAN: SIX PRISONERS HANGED
EGYPT: SINAI MILITANT HABARA RECEIVES SECOND DEATH SENTENCE
IRAN: MAN EXECUTED FOR EXTORTION
IRAN: FOUR PRISONERS EXECUTED IN RASHT
PAKISTAN: 4 TTP TERRORISTS SENTENCED TO DEATH IN JAIL WARDENS' MURDER CASE
SAUDI ARABIA: JORDANIAN NATIONAL BEHEADED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
BANGLADESH: FIVE MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR RAPE
SAUDI ARABIA: TWO TERRORISTS SENTENCED TO DEATH
EGYPT: SISI OFFICIALLY APPROVES ANTI-TERRORIST LAW
VIRGINIA (USA): HOUSE DEFEATS BILL ALLOWING LETHAL-INJECTION DRUG SECRECY
SAUDI ARABIA: DEATH PENALTY GIVEN TO MAN WHO RENOUNCED HIS MUSLIM FAITH
BANGLADESH: 3 TO WALK TO GALLOWS FOR TOFAZZAL MURDER
UGANDA: MUSEVENI WANTS DEATH PENALTY FOR MURDERERS
IRAN: 21 PRISONERS HANGED DURING LAST 48 HOURS
MALAYSIA: FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE OF THREE MEN FOR MURDER OF LECTURER
MONTANA (USA): HOUSE KILLS REPEAL OF DEATH PENALTY ON TIE VOTE
IRAN: FOUR DRUG CONVICTS HANGED IN ARAK
PAKISTAN: PRESIDENT MAMNOON REJECTS 9 DEATH ROW INMATES’ MERCY PLEAS
IRAN: JUVENILE OFFENDER SAMAN NASEEM WAS EXECUTED
EGYPT: IN A FINAL VERDICT, 4 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR 2006 RAPE
IRAN: 25 MORE EXECUTIONS
SRI LANKA: 42-YEAR-OLD MAN GIVEN DEATH SENTENCE OVER 2007 MURDER CASE
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BANGLADESH: DEATH SENTENCE FOR SUBHAN OVER 1971 GENOCIDE, ARSON
ALGERIA: MAGHREB'S AL-QAEDA LEADER, 25 OTHERS SENTENCED TO DEATH

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