The Straits Times
Published on Nov 02, 2012

China compensates man wrongly jailed for 11 years


BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese man who served 11 years of a life sentence for a wrongful conviction of check fraud was awarded a record state compensation of 825,000 yuan (S$161,3000) this week.

Guangdong's provincial supreme court granted the compensation to 39-year-old Huang Liyi for deprivation of personal freedom as well as psychological and emotional distress, the state-run Southern Metropolis Daily reported Thursday.

Mr Huang's lawyer, Yang Xuelin, said in a blog that Huang received the money on Monday.

Mr Huang was arrested in 1999 for check fraud and was sentenced the next year to life in prison. He was acquitted in 2010 on the ground of insufficient evidence and released from jail.