China issues arrest warrants against three police officers

Authorities in China have issued arrest warrants against three police officers who are accused of torturing a person to extract a confession of murder resulting in his wrongful conviction.

Updated: May 12, 2010, 18:10 PM IST

Beijing: Authorities in China have issued
arrest warrants against three police officers who are accused
of torturing a person to extract a confession of murder
resulting in his wrongful conviction.

Zhao Zuohai, 57, was freed on Sunday in central
China`s Henan Province after the man he allegedly murdered
turned up alive.
Song Guoqiang, an official with the People`s
Procuratorate in Shangqiu City, said two of the three police
officers, Guo Shouhai and Zhou Minghan, have been detained
while the third one, Li Deling, remains at large.

Song said the procuratorate has questioned everyone
else involved in Zhao`s conviction at the public security
bureau.

The Higher People`s Court in Henan Province has
promised to penalise the judges responsible for the wrongful
conviction, he said.

According to the court`s statement, in October 1997,
Zhao Zuohai and his neighbour Zhao Zhenshang had a fight in
their home county of Zhecheng, after which Zhao Zhenshang went
missing.

A year later, in May 1999, a headless and highly
decomposed body was found in the village.

Zhao Zuohai was arrested as a suspect and convicted in
2002 of murdering Zhao Zhenshang. He was sentenced to death
with a two-year reprieve. The sentence was later commuted to a
29-year imprisonment.
A villager from Zhao Zuohai`s hometown said during the
ten years when Zhao Zuohai was in jail, his wife remarried,
two of his four kids were adopted while the other two left to
become migrant workers.

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.

City authorities in Shangqiu apologised to Zhao Zuohai
on Tuesday and gave him USD 1,464 US dollars in compensation.

He is expected to receive further compensation in
accordance with the state compensation law, Xinhua reported.

PTI