采访/朱智善 编辑/李谦 后制/葛雷
Wang Shujin’s Case Covers Up The Truth
Wang Jinshu appealed against his death sentence.
his case is linked to another murder case, that of Nie Shubin, a man
who was executed for murder.
It drew public attention.
A long time ago, the court confirmed that Nie Shubin
killed a woman, Nie was subsequently executed.
10 years later, Wang Jinshu was arrested on
charges of raping and killing several woman.
Wang has claimed that he was the real murderer of
that woman in Nie’s case 10 years ago.
However, Hebei’s legal departments recently announced
that Wang Jinshu didn’t kill the woman.
This makes Wang’s case unique.
On September 27, in Wang’s 2nd trial, Hebei Provincial High
Court upheld Wang’s death sentence for raping and murdering.
Wang was deprived of political rights for life.
Meanwhile the verdict dismissed Wang’s claim that
he was the real murderer replacing Nie Shubin.
In January 2005, Wang Shujin was arrested in Henan Province.
Wang confessed he had raped several women, killing four.
It included killing a woman in Nie Shubin’s case,
in a corn field in Shijiazhuang City in 1994.
However Nie’s case has been closed, Nie Shubin was
executed in 1995 by Shijiazhuang Intermediate Court.
One case has two murderers, the phenomenon is viewed
by the public.
People widely questioned whether Nie Shubin
was wrongly sentenced or not.
In March 2007, Handan Intermediate Court in Hebei Province
gave Wang Shujin the death penalty in the first trial for raping
The court didn’t confirm Wang was the real murder
of the “corn field case”.
Wang then appealed to Hebei Province High Court.
Zhu Aimin, defense lawyer for Wang Jinshu:
“Wang has testified on this point in his first trial.
The verdict didn’t consider his confession in relation to
the Shijiazhuang corn field raping and murdering case.
Wang appealed and asking for leniency owing
to his confession.”
Nie Shubin’s mother Zhang Huanzhi has appealed
200 times for her son.
Hebei Provincial High Court didn’t file it as
a new case for investigation.
Nie’s defense lawyer requested to carry out his legal rights
reading Nie’s case file, but was denied.
Observers wondered what the secret is in Nie’s file.
If Wang Shujin was executed now, there is no chance to
find out whether Nie was wrongly executed.
Wang Shujin’s defense lawyer said that generally,
the second trial will focus on the defendant’s requests.
It will cover how to identify an individual fact or evidence.
Zhu Aimin: “During the procedure of Hebei Provincial High
Court dealing with Wang Shujin’s appeal, especially on Sept.
27, their biggest failing is to make judgment according to the
Observers analyzed that the judge in charge of Nie’s case
was promoted so it is hard to reverse the verdict.
In addition, on the surface, Hebei Provincial High Court
was responsible for the case.
However it was Hebei Political and Law Committee who
controlled the case.
Hebei petitioner, officer Zhou Li: “They had Superior’s order,
a court insider told me, saying there is an order from higher up.
The order said the verdict can not be reversed.”
Many misjudged cases repeatedly occurred in China
for many years. It has worsened considerably recently.
Zhou Li said that the reason on the surface is that the
court listens to Political and Law Committee.
Yet the fundamental reason is the Chinese Communist
Party (CCP) is one-party dictatorship.
If the CCP made mistakes, no one is able to punish them.
Zhu Aimin: “One case with two murderers. It is not an isolated
phenomenon in the Judiciary practice in China.
It exists during procedures and ways of identifying the evidence.
There is a case in 1987, butcher Teng Xingshan in Hunan
Province was charged with killing a woman Shi Xiaorong.
Six years later, “dead” Shi Xiaorong returned
to her hometown Hunan.
However, Teng has already been wrongly executed.
She Xianglin, Hubei Province was suspected of murdering
his wife. He was sentenced to 15 years and death.
In 2005, She Xianglin’s wife suddenly reappeared,
then She Xianglin was released.
He said that after he was beaten for 10 days and nights
in prison, he was forced to confess he committed the crime.
Zhao Zuohai in Henan Province was charged of killing
farmer Zhang Zhenshang in 1999.
Zhao was given a suspended death penalty in 2002.
In 2010, “dead” Zhao Zhenshang suddenly came home.
Henan Provincial High Court had to admit that Zhao Zuohai
was wrongly sentenced due to having a forced confession.