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Two-fold rise in compensation for those wrongly convicted

Update: July, 17/2015 - 14:50
Nguyen Thanh Chan (in white) will receive the record compensation amount of VND7.2 billion (US$322,700) after having served 10 years in prison due to a wrongful murder conviction. – VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — The State had to pay more than VND7.1 million (US$322,700) in the first six months of 2015 as compensation to those who were wrongly convicted, reported the Ministry of Justice.

The figure doubled in comparison to around VND2.5 billion (US$113,600) the state had to pay as compensation during the same period last year.

Some 30 out of 73 cases asking for compensation in the first half of the year were completely solved, said the Chief of the Ministry's Office Tran Tien Dung.

Bureau of State Compensation's Deputy Director Tran Viet Hung said the main reason for the dramatic increase was the rise in the number of solved cases as compared to 2014.

"In addition, the solved cases were more serious and complicated than before, which resulted in the higher compensation amount," Hung said.

He also noted an increase in the solved cases suggesting efficient supervision of the National Assembly in the legal system. — VNS

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