An man from Hebei was exonerated on Friday by China’s Supreme People’s Court after being executed 21 years ago.
The Supreme People’s Court (SPC) admitted that flaws in the Chinese justice system had led to the wrongful conviction of Nie Shubin, who was found guilty in 1995 of raping and murdering a Shijiazhuang woman.
The SPC overturned the conviction after finding that several legal violations had been committed during Nie’s trial which included insufficient evidence, lost documents, and a confession found to be inadmissible, along with the fact that key details like time and cause of death had not been confirmed by the prosecution.
It took his parent’s 10 years before they were given another opportunity to vindicate their son. But even after the SPC assigned the case to a Shandong court for review in 2014, it wasn’t until this past June that the SPC finally decided to reopen Nie’s case.
Nie’s mother, Zhang Huanzhi, told Xinhua:
My husband and I often say to ourselves we have to strive to live until the day my son’s name is cleared
My son can finally rest in peace.