Binh Thuan man compensated with VND10 billion for wrongful conviction

Tuesday, 2017-01-17 16:27:11
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Huynh Van Nen served more than seventeen years in jail for a crime he did not commit.
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NDO—Huynh Van Nen, who was wrongly sentenced to life imprisonment, has accepted compensation to the tune of VND10 billion (US$440,000) from a court in the central province of Binh Thuan.

Nen was arrested in May 1998 for suspected murder of Le Thi Bong who was killed and robbed of one gold ring a month earlier.

At a trial in August 2000, Nen admitted to the murder, which he later said had been because he had been tortured during questioning, and was sentenced to life imprisonment on two charges of murder and robbery.

During the investigation, investigating police also forced Nen to admit to colluding with some relatives on his wife’s side to murder Duong Thi My in his village in May 1993, leading to the prosecution of Nen and nine other people.

Nen was sentenced to another six years.

The second sentence later was found to be a wrongful conviction and the other defendants were released, apologised to and compensated, with the exception of Nen, who continued to serve his sentence for murdering Bong.

Since Nen was sentenced, his family had repeatedly pleaded his innocence.

In September 2014, the Supreme People’s Court quashed Nen’s sentencing by a lower court and ordered a reinvestigation.

Later the real murderer was found and Nen was released in late 2015, ending his more than seventeen years in jail for a crime he did not commit.

The Binh Thuan People’s Court, which delivered the wrongful conviction, has also held a meeting to publicly apologise to Nen for its serious mistake.

Nen initially requested VND18 billion (US$792,000) in compensation but finally settled on VND10 billion after seven rounds of negotiations.