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Innocent Man Awarded $300,000 After 15 Years Behind Bars

Zhou Yuan, fourth from the right, poses with relatives and his lawyer outside of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region High People’s Court shortly after he was exonerated on Nov. 30. Zhou has said the officials responsible for the miscarriage of justice should be held accountable. Photo: Wang Heyan/Caixin
Zhou Yuan, fourth from the right, poses with relatives and his lawyer outside of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region High People’s Court shortly after he was exonerated on Nov. 30. Zhou has said the officials responsible for the miscarriage of justice should be held accountable. Photo: Wang Heyan/Caixin

A man in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang, wrongfully convicted of molesting dozens of women and causing them grievous bodily harm, was awarded 1.9 million yuan ($301,796) in compensation on Monday, following his exoneration in late November.

Zhou Yuan, 47, said compensation alone wasn’t enough to remedy the loss of the personal liberty and mental trauma he suffered, and the officials responsible for the miscarriage of justice should be held accountable.

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