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Chinese court orders retrial after `real killer` emerges

A Chinese court has ordered a retrial into a murder case after a man came out with a confession that he was the "real killer", where another person had been convicted three years ago.



Beijing: A Chinese court has ordered a
retrial into a murder case after a man came out with a
confession that he was the "real killer", where another person
had been convicted three years ago.

Wang Zifa, a farmer in Donglan County of Hechi City,
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, was convicted and sentenced
to death for a murder during his first trial in November 2002,
which was later upheld by higher court.

However, in February 2007, Tan Hanbao who was in jail
over robbery confessed to police that he was the one who had
committed the murder not Wang.

Yesterday, the Higher People`s Court in Guangxi said
Tan would stand trial on June 10 following a long and
difficult period of collecting evidence.

The court noted that a confession alone does not
automatically result in the identification of the true killer,
as the court needs to review new evidence. It said the court
would later retry Wang to determine if he is, in fact,
innocent.

The case caught the attention of the national media
following recent disclosures that a man served 11 years
sentence for committing a murder. It later turned out that he
was forced give a confession by police as the one whom he was
accused of murdering turned up alive.

Following this three official were arrested in an
infamous murder case and the victim was given hefty
compensation.

PTI

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