Accused aquitted after ten years:
Murder 'victim' returns home
CHINA: A man who spent almost 10 years in jail for murder has been
acquitted after the alleged "murder victim" returned home in central
China's Henan Province, the Henan Provincial Higher People's Court said
Zhao Zuohai was declared innocent by the provincial Higher People's
Court on Friday after the alleged "murder victim" returned home after
more than ten years. A probe into the false murder charge has been
launched. According to a court statement, in October 1997, Zhao Zuohai
and his neighbor Zhao Zhenshang had a fight at their hometown in
Zhecheng County, Shangqiu City, after which Zhao Zhenshang went missing.
Four months later, Zhao Zhenshang's nephew, Zhao Zuoliang, reported
his uncle missing to the police.
A year later, in May 1999, a headless body was found in the village.
Zhao Zuohai was arrested as the murder suspect and in 2002 he was
convicted of murdering Zhao Zhenshang.
Zhao Zuohai was sentenced to death with a two year reprieve. The
sentence was twice reduced, taking it down to 29-years imprisonment. But
Zhao Zhenshang returned to the village on April 30, 2010. The Higher
People's Court confirmed Zhao Zhenshang's identity on May 7 and
acquitted Zhao Zuohai.