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In Chinese blogs on May 11, 2010 by chinascribe Tagged: ,

The post below received 2613 hits and got a ‘thumbs up’ from 169 of these. The case has also been covered in the mainstream press – for example in Peoples Daily.

Zhao Zuohai is alive; the law is dead. Guyun Duqu, May 10, 2010 original post

Zhao Zuohai is alive. That’s not quite right: eleven years ago, he received a death sentence, suspended two years, for murder; after eleven years, the man he was found guilty of murdering came back, and Zhao was released from jail. The details of what followed are familiar: on one hand, his family was pulled apart, and he has lost his wife and child – he has no home and nowhere to go; on the other hand, officials at all levels are paying great attention to the case and considering compensation for him, emphasising that lessons must be learned from this so that it can never happen again.

From Nie Shubin to She Xianglin, and now to Zhao Zuohai, we see these real-life dramas almost every year: the bones of the story are identical, the plot is identical, though the victims and the outcomes are different. Compared to survivors She and Zhao, Nie Shubin is a more tragic figure: found guilty of two unpardonable crimes and shot, he never been exonerated. According to reports on these three cases, many years ago, our police and judicial authorities took the view after tireless and meticulous investigations that these were ‘cast-iron’ cases; whereas in the case of Zhao Zuohai officials have acknowledged that this was a miscarriage of justice, those who handled the cases of Nie and She, resolutely refuse to recognise their errors, even faced with the facts. However…  many years on the spirit of the wrongly executed man is still with us… even though the murderer may already have been executed, or imprisoned for many years.

The most recent issue of Southern Weekend carried an article entitled ‘The case must be cracked: a madman takes the rap’, which set out in detail how police officials, in order to raise clear-up rates, personally directed a colourful series of alleged ‘murders’. The police force of Wei county, Henan, despite many unanswered questions and the absence of corroborative evidence, declared Liu Weizhong to be the culprit purely on the basis of his deluded ravings. After hastily closing the case, they released him, arguing that ‘people with mental illnesses could not be held responsible under the law’.

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