Zhang Zhichao was wrongly detained for 15 years
2022-06-23: [Article Link]
On 13 January 2020, Zhang Zhihua was released with a judgement outside the court.
On 23 June, the cover journalist learned from the Shandong party in the case of Zhang Zhixiao that, on that day, the people's procuratorate (hereinafter referred to as the Pilgrim Prosecutor's Office) in Shandong Province informed Zhang Ji-hyun of the results of the prosecution service's system of follow-up to the case, and that a total of 10 persons in the Shandong Public Prosecutor's Office system were held accountable for the case. Three staff members of the Pilgrim Prosecution Service came to their place of residence that morning to give an oral account of the results of the accountability process. Ten of the responsible prosecutors’ offices in Shandong Province, Pilgrim City, and Pilgrim County ranged from serious warnings within the party to criticism of education.
Zhang Ji-hyun recalled that it was only a few minutes to report on the results of the accountability process, and he did not remember the names of the specific persons who had been held accountable.
Covered journalists noted that the Prosecutor-General of the Supreme People's Procuratorate, Zhang Jun, in his report on the work of the Supreme Prosecutor's Office during this year's session, stated that the Supreme Prosecutor had initiated proceedings against 246 cases of criminal error that had been corrected since 2018, and that 22 cases of wrongful detention of more than 10 years, such as the “Jan Yu Qun case” and the “Jiang Chi case”, had been directly supervised and 511 prosecutors had been held accountable, including 134 members of the relevant prosecutor's office's team and 122 retirees. The 32-year-old Zhang Chi-ho, who was the victim of the “rape and murder” case, also known as the Shandong case, has been the subject of public concern, and the cover story has been followed up for a long time. From 15 to 30 years of age, Zhang Ji-ho has been wrongfully detained for almost 15 years.
In February 2005, Zhang Zhihua, a 15-year-old senior secondary school student, was detained on charges of rape and murder of fellow schoolgirls and was later sentenced to life imprisonment in the Shuan Middle School. Wang Guanghua, of the same grade, was charged with the crime of harbouring and suspended from execution for a period of three years after sentencing him at first instance, but after five years in prison, he filed a complaint denying that he had done so. On 28 December 2017, the Supreme People's Court issued a decision to re-examine the case, finding that the facts of the case were unclear and that there was a contradiction between the principal evidence, and instructing the Shandong High Court to form a separate panel to re-examine the case. On 13 January 2020, the High Court of Shandong re-judged Zhang Ji Hoo's acquittal and, on 1 June of that year, Zhang Chi Ho's attorney submitted an application for compensation from the State to the compensation service, the Public Prosecutor's Office, in the amount of more than 7.8 million yuan, including more than 1.8 million yuan in damages for violations of personal liberty and 6 million Yuan moral damages. On 26 January 2021, Zhang Zhihua entered into a State compensation agreement with the Pilgrim Academy, in which he received compensation in the amount of 33,200000 Yuan. On 30 March, Zhang Chi Hoe submitted a complaint to the Pilgrim City Supervisory Board and the Pilgrim City Prosecutor's Office, requesting that those responsible for the “Ju Ho case” should be held accountable. In his indictment, Zhang Chi Ho requested that 12 responsible persons be held accountable, 8 of whom were former investigators and forensic doctors of the Prefectural Public Security Bureau and 4 were former judges and clerks of the Central Court of Ping Yi City. Journalists have learned from Zhang Zhihua and his lawyers that, to date, the public security and court departments, with the exception of the Public Prosecutor's Office, have not informed them of the results of the accountability of those responsible.