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Man on death row for 6 years declared innocent by court in China, released

Published on Aug 22, 2014 2:54 PM

BEIJING, China (AFP) - A Chinese court on Friday declared innocent a man sentenced to death six years ago for a double killing, in a case which highlighted flaws in the country's legal system.

Mr Nian Bin, a former food-stall owner, was convicted of poisoning two children and condemned to die in 2008, and had been held in custody ever since. His case went through multiple appeals, with lawyers arguing that the evidence against him was insufficient and the police had tortured him into confessing, until the high court of Fujian province quashed his conviction on Friday and freed him.

"None of the evidence presented in the case can be properly verified," the Fujian court said in a microblog post announcing Mr Nian's innocence.

His lawyer Si Weijiang wrote in an online post: "We hope that the reversal of the verdict in this case can allow other unjust verdicts to be overturned. His family home has been subject to revenge attacks, his daughter's mental health has suffered, while his wife has waited in pain for six years."

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