Accused who caused innocent man's execution sentenced to death

Updated: 2015-02-09 11:15

By Ma Danning(

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Accused who caused innocent man's execution sentenced to death

Zhao Zhihong (center) stands trial at Hohhot Intermediate People's Court in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region Monday. [Photo from Hohhot Intermediate People's Court’s official Weibo account]

Serial rapist and murderer Zhao Zhihong, who was behind the crimes for which an innocent man was executed, was sentenced to death for murder, rape, robbery and theft, at Hohhot Intermediate People's Court Monday.

Zhao was also fined 53,000 yuan ($ 8474), in addition to 10,2768 yuan fine by the civil plaintiff.

Parents of Huugjilt,a wrongfully convicted and executed young man, were invited to the trial.

Huugjilt, 19, from the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, was convicted of rape and murder in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia's capital city, in 1996. It took only 61 days from the date of the case to his execution.

The case triggered controversy and resulted in further investigation by judicial officers after Zhao, who was arrested in 2005 on other offenses, confessed to the crimes for which Huugjilt was convicted. Zhao has been in jail since.

However, it took years before the authorities decided in 2014 to retry Huugjilt and Zhao. Huugjilt was declared innocent on Dec 15. His parents received about 2 million yuan in compensation from the Chinese government on Feb 3.

The trial of Zhao began on Jan 5 in the Hohhot Intermediate People's Court.

Zhao allegedly raped and killed 10 women and girls between 1996 and 2005.

Detectives working in the Hohhot public security bureau admitted at the time when Huugjilt was executed that their work performance was rated by an annual quota on how many criminal cases they had solved. They were "eager to wind up a case, and the use of illegal punishment and inducement on suspects existed in case investigations."

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