|Bùi Xuân Quang (left) gets a public apology from local judicial body for wrongful conviction. — Photo baodongnai.com|
ĐỒNG NAI — Bùi Xuân Quang, a 44-year-old man in southern Đồng Nai Province’s Vĩnh Cửu District, who was wrongly convicted of robbery in 2015, got a public apology from the district’s People’s Procuracy on Monday.
At a meeting held by the judicial body to announce the public apology, deputy head of the district’s People’s Procuracy Phạm Thị Mến apologised Quang and his family for the wrongful conviction and said the case was a lesson for judicial bodies.
The People’s Procuracy was working with relevant agencies, lawyers and Quang to develop a proper compensation plan for the wrongful conviction, she said.
In November 2015, police of Vĩnh Cửu District decided to prosecute Quang for the charge of stealing 922 tràm (aquilaria crassna) trees from a local resident, worth nearly VNĐ27 million (US$1,170). The decision to prosecute Quang and put him in temporary detention was approved by the district’s People’s Procuracy.
In March 2016, the case was put on trial by the district’s People’s Court, which then required further investigation into the case. Quang was out on bail after being put in temporary detention for four months and nine days.
After conducting further investigation, police of Vĩnh Cửu District failed to find enough evidence to convict Quang. As a result, the case was suspended in April, 2017. — VNS