China’s ‘Valentine’s Day’ killer acquitted of 1998 murder

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BEIJING: A Chinese man sentenced to death for the Valentine’s Day murder of his girlfriend 18 years ago has been acquitted, a court said, the latest wrongful conviction overturned in the country. Liu Jiqiang, 52, was found guilty of strangling and stabbing his lover on February 14, 1998, earning him the notorious nickname “Valentine’s Day killer” in the Chinese press. But after spending nearly two decades on death row, the Higher People’s Court of Jilin province in northeast China dismissed his conviction citing insufficient evidence, the court said Friday on its official Sina Weibo microblog. Liu initially admitted to the killing, but his lawyers said his confession was obtained as a result of torture and illegal questioning, according to Xinhua news agency.

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