After spending 15 years in prison for homicide, a man in Henan province has finally had his name cleared.
Wu Chunhong was arrested for the November 2004 poisonings of two boys in Henan’s Shangqiu city.
Life in prison
The flour used to make the boys’ food was reportedly laced with tetramine, a strong rat poison. One of the boys died while the other survived.
Wu was fingered as the chief suspect because of some earlier disputes he had with the boys’ families.
In June 2005, he was given a life sentence for intentional homicide by the Shangqiu Intermediate People’s Court.
However, there was obviously something wrong with Wu’s case.
The Henan High People’s Court ordered a retrial only for the lower court to confirm the verdict. This happened two more times until the high court finally upheld the ruling in 2008.
However, Wu’s family never stopped protesting his innocence, eventually resulting in China’s top court, the Supreme People’s Court, ordering the Henan High People’s Court to retry the case once again.
On Wednesday, the court ruled Wu not guilty due to insufficient evidence.
While the wheels of Chinese justice certainly turned slowly for Wu, at least he was around to witness his exoneration.
In 2016, a Hebei teenager named Nie Shubin was finally found not guilty of rape and murder, 21 years after being executed for those crimes.
Wu will now be entitled to state compensation.