China court clears 21 years old after his execution
XIANIE: A Chinese man who was executed 21 years ago for rape and murder was declared innocent by the court yesterday.
His 73-year-old father burst into tears upon hearing the long-awaited news at his home in Xianie village, central China's Hebei Province.
Overcome by emotion, Nie Xuesheng, father of wrongly convicted Nie Shubin, told a group of reporters' my son can finally rest in peace'.
Nie Shubin was executed in 1995 at the age of 20 after being convicted of rape and murder
Nie Xuesheng, a farmer, first thanked his government after a reporter from The Beijing News read him the latest decision.
A teary Nie Xiusheng told the reporters: 'Thank you, Xi Jinping the General Secretary (of the Communist Party of China) for ruling the country according to laws, bringing me huge benefit.
The father also said: 'Justice would come sooner or later.'
The decision, made by the China's Supreme Court on December 2, was released through China's state-run Xinhua News Agency.
Judges officially cleared Nie Shubin, who was convicted of rape and murder and was executed in 1995 at the age of 20. Nie Xuesheng had reportedly attempted a suicide after his son's wrongful execution, which led him to suffer from hemiparesis.
Sitting beside Nie Xuesheng, his daughter, Nie Shubin's sister, cried loudly on his shoulder. Nie Shubin's mother, Zhang Huanzhi, attended the court session held in Shenyang.
The 73-year-old woman filed an appeal to the court after Wang Shujin confessed to the crimes of which her son was convicted. She said she never believed her son 'would commit such crimes'.
Nie Xuesheng, father of wrongly convicted Nie Shubin, said 'my son can finally rest in peace'
Nie Shubin's case has drawn wide attention in China to problems in the legal system as well as the frequent application of the death penalty.
Nie Shubin, a factory worker, was accused of raping and killing a woman, surnamed Kang, on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang in August of 1994.
Another man, Wang Shujin, confessed to the crimes in 2005 while in police custody, although a legal review of the case did not get underway until 2014.
In its ruling on December 2, China's Supreme Court cited numerous examples of negligence and procedural errors by police and prosecutors, including the fact that Nie Shubin was singled out as a suspect 'without a shred of evidence.'