A Chinese man who was executed 21 years ago for rape and murder was declared innocent by the court today.
His 73-year-old father burst into tears upon hearing the long-awaited news at his home in Xianie village, central China's Hebei Province.
Overcome by emotion, Nie Xuesheng, father of wrongly convicted Nie Shubin, told a group of reporters 'my son can finally rest in peace'.
Nie Xuesheng, a farmer, first thanked his government after a reporter from The Beijing News read him the latest decision, as a news clip shared by QQ.com shows.
A teary Nie Xiusheng told the reporters: 'Thank you, ... the General Secretary (of the Communist Party of China) for ruling the country according to laws, bringing me huge benefit.'
The father also said: 'Justice would come sooner or later.'
The decision, made by the China's Supreme Court on December 2, was released through China's state-run Xinhua News Agency.
Judges officially cleared Nie Shubin, who was convicted of rape and murder and was executed in 1995 at the age of 20.
wish you well, land of Lincoln, United States, about 11 hours ago
It came a little too late. Sad
Joanna-91, Llandysul, United Kingdom, about 12 hours ago
Horrible story poor man and family
Worn Out, Skid Row, United Kingdom, about 14 hours ago
That poor family, so sad.
SAY WHAT YOU SEE, Liverpool, United Kingdom, about 14 hours ago
Very sad indeed, that's why the death penalty is a bad idea,you can't rely on the police to carry out justice,an officer becomes convinced it's someone, then makes the evidence fit the allegation.