Apr 13, 2018 08:09 PM

Q&A: How Five Men Were Wrongly Convicted of Murder

The "five Zhous" show reporters outside the Anhui High People's Court on April 11 the court documents declaring them not guilty of homicide. Photo: Xiao Hui/Caixin

On Wednesday, a court in China dramatically overturned the 20-year-old murder convictions of five men. The accused — all surnamed Zhou, but not related to each other — have long maintained they were tortured into confessing.

Now the head judge of the original trial takes Caixin inside what happened, how the legal system failed, and how the “five Zhous,” as the public came to call them, were unjustly charged with the 1996 attack on a rural family in Anhui province.

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