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Judges Promoted Despite Death Sentence Misjudgment

By Luxiao Zou (People's Daily Online)    05:50, July 22, 2015

On July 20, Hu Ge's parents inquire on Weibo why the officials who sentenced He Ge to death on the first trial have been assigned to new posts.

"It is 7 month after our son has been declared innocent by court. Why these two officials who did my son wrong are still working?" Hu Ge's mother Shang Aiyun said. "They should be held liable and go on trial for that."

On June 10, 1996, 19-year-old Hu Ge was arrested as suspect of a rape and murder case of a young woman in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. He was found guilty on the first trial by Hu Ercha and Gong Jing, who were then the deputy judges. The death sentence was executed that very same day.

Until 2005, a murderer named Zhao Zhihong confessed he was the one who killed the woman, cleared Hu Ge of the charge. It was then found that Hu Ge was possibly subject to police torture for confession.

On November 4, 2014, High People's Court decided to reverse the judgment and declared Hu Ge innocent.

On June 24, 2015, Hu Ercha and Gong Jing were both appointed member of Hohhot Intermediate People's Court Judicial Committee.

In response to the inquiry of Hu Ge's parents on Weibo, many netizens consider this appointment outrageous.

Hohhot Intermediate People's Court responded that this was the normal and procedural appointment. It did not necessarily suggest that the two officials were free from liabilities of their misjudgment

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Tian Li,Bianji)

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