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A man who spent 25 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit has been acquitted and awarded a record 4.6 million yuan (£529,000) in state compensation.
Liu Zhonglin, 50, was arrested in October 1990, when he was 22, over the murder of an 18-year-old woman after her body was found in a crop field in Dongliao county, north-east China's Jilin province.
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Liu was convicted with intentional homicide and given a suspended death sentence in July 1994 that was later commuted to life in prison, according to Xinhua news agency. Liu had maintained his innocence throughout his jail term.
After spending 9,217 days behind bars, Liu was released in January 2016 and acquitted in April last year by the Higher People's Court of Jilin Province on the grounds of 'unclear facts' and 'insufficient evidence'.
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Liu is believed to have served the longest period of wrongful detention in China, according to reports.
The compensation granted to Liu by the Liaoyuan Intermediate People's Court on Monday included 1.97 million yuan (£227,000) for 'mental distress' and 2.6 million yuan (£299,000) for 'loss of personal freedom', making the package the highest payout ever given to a wrongly convicted person in the country, according to state broadcaster CCTV.
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