Man compensated $30,000 for 3 years in jail with wrongful child rape conviction

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Tran Hong Nguyen, 32, at a meeting with authorities in Ca Mau Province on June 10, 2016. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre Tran Hong Nguyen, 32, at a meeting with authorities in Ca Mau Province on June 10, 2016. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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Authorities in the southern province of Ca Mau on Friday officially apologized a local man for imprisoning him more than a thousand days in a wrongful child rape conviction.
Tran Hong Nguyen, 32, was compensated with VND669 million (nearly US$30,000) for 1,077 days in jail, authorities said.
Nguyen was put into jail in August 2011, two days after his neighbors reported to police that their seven-year old daughter was raped by him.
A Ca Mau court later in the same year sentenced him to 13 years in jail for raping the girl.
An appeal court two years later in Ho Chi Minh City rejected the first court for a lack of evidence, asking fresh investigations into the case.
In July 2014, Ca Mau authorities let Nguyen walk free, suspending the case without mentioning what had happened to the girl.
Deputy head of the Ca Mau Court Tran Trong Huu said that the case is a “precious lesson” for their judges, promising “more careful ruling” in the future.

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