Death Sentence Upheld for Serial
Yen Wang - Beijingtoday.com.cn
May 10, 2015
The highest court of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous
Region upheld a death sentence verdict for the infamous
and rapist Zhao Zhihong last Wednesday.
Zhao was sentenced to death in February after being
convicted of 13 rapes and 10 murders between 1996 and
2005. Most of
his victims were located in the Inner Mongolian cities
of Hohhot and Ulanqab.
Zhao has been at the forefront of a national controversy
since 2005, when he was arrested and confessed to most
crimes. Among them was a 1996 rape and murder in Hohhot
for which the 18-year-old Huugjilt was convicted and
In April 1996, Huugjilt called local police to report
that he had discovered a body at a textile factory.
Huugjilt and interrogated him for two days until he
agreed to confess to the killing. He was sentenced to
death in a
hastily convened trial and executed that June. His case
was reopened in February when the Hohhot Intermediate
Court formally charged Zhao with robbery, 10 murders and
the rapes of 12 women and one 12-year-old girl. Zhao was
convicted of using violence to steal 31,400 yuan in
goods and burgling another 3,500 yuan of property.
Zhao lodged an appeal, calling on the court to show
leniency since he confessed the crime for which Huugilt
The court rejected his plea, citing Zhao’s “despicable
motives, cruel measures and the serious consequences of
Huugjilt was exonerated 18 years after his execution in
December 2014. Xinhua reported that the government paid
million yuan to his surviving family members as
compensation for their son’s wrongful death, 60 days of
The case marks the highest-profile reversal of a Chinese
court decision in recent years. Last October, the
announced it would begin a reform of the country’s
judicial system in response.
The Supreme People’s Procuratorate published a statement
on its official website in February, stating that
across the country must form an accountability system to
prevent more wrongful convictions.
Serial killer sentenced to death
February 9, 2015
A court in north China has sentenced a man to death for
multiple crimes, including the murder and rape of a
Zhao Zhihong, 42, was tried on charges of murder, rape,
robbery and larceny at Hohhot Intermediate People's
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Monday morning.
The court deprived Zhao of political rights for life,
fined him 53,000 yuan (8,464 U.S. dollars) and ordered
him to pay
102,768 yuan in compensation to the victims.
Zhao was apprehended in 2005 and confessed to a string
of rape and murder cases, including one in a public
Hohhot in 1996 that was pinned on 18-year-old teenager
Huugjilt. Huugjilt was exonerated in December 2014, 18
Zhao first stood trial in late 2006 for raping and
killing nine women and girls, seven other counts of
rape, as well as
robbery and larceny between 1996 and 2005. His trial
resumed on Jan. 5, more than eight years after his first
The court's morning session, which was open to the
public, focused on Zhao's robbery and larceny charges.
session was closed to the public as it focused on the
rape and murder cases.
According to the court verdict, Zhao committed 21 crimes
between 1996 and 2005 in Hohhot and Ulanqab. Besides a
intentional murders that left 10 people dead, it is
alleged he raped a total of 13 women and girls in the
Zhao was also convicted of using violence or threats to
appropriate material property worth 31,400 yuan, and
further 3,500 yuan in several burglary cases.
The court said Zhao's motives were despicable, his
measures cruel and the consequences serious, thus, it
refused to give
Zhao a lenient punishment despite him confessing to some
of the crimes.
People from various walks of life, including Huugjilt's
parents, attended Monday's court session.
Huugjilt, a factory worker, was found guilty of raping
and killing a woman in a public toilet in Hohhot and was
61 days after the murder.
On Dec. 15, 2014, the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regional
Higher People's Court exonerated Huugjilt, ruling that
not guilty of rape and murder, as the facts of his case
were unclear and evidence was inadequate.
Feng Zhiming, the police officer who was in charge of
Huugjilt's case and was later promoted off the back of
the case, is
Huugjilt's parents were awarded state compensation of
more than 2 million yuan after their son's acquittal.
Man on trial for murder committed
18 years ago
By YUANHUI in Hohhot and CAOYIN in Beijing -
January 6, 2015
A man who confessed to murdering a woman 18 years ago
went on trial on Monday, three weeks after a court
teenager who was wrongfully executed for the crime.
The case was reopened more than eight years after his
Zhao Zhihong, 42, is accused of murder, rape, robbery
and larceny, according to Hohhot Intermediate People's
Zhao, who is from the Inner Mongolia autonomous region,
confessed to some 20 rape and murder cases from April
July 2005, including that for which the teenager,
Hugjiltu, was executed.
Zhao was apprehended in 2005 and his confessions
included this 1996 murder, but it was not among nine
offenses for which
he was tried the following year.
A verdict has not been issued in the case and Zhao has
been detained ever since.
Hugjiltu was convicted of raping and fatally choking a
woman in a toilet at a textile factory in Hohhot, the
Mongolian capital, on April 9, 1996. Sixty-one days
later, he was given the death penalty and executed at
On Dec 15, Inner Mongolia High People's Court overturned
Hugjiltu's conviction and pronounced him innocent due to
insufficient evidence and unclear facts. His parents
have been awarded 2.05 million yuan ($335,200) in
Monday morning's session at Hohhot Intermediate People's
Court focused on the robbery and larceny charges that
It was open to the public and attended by Hugjiltu's
parents, but not by Zhao's family members.
Prosecutors say Zhao robbed a man surnamed Chi at a
residential area in Hohhot on May 19, 1996. Zhao is also
stealing cash and property, including a gold ring,
between 1998 and 2000. The items are valued at more than
Zhao confessed to most of the robbery and theft
allegations, but denied stealing the ring. His lawyers,
Xie Fei and Zhang
Ruijun, argued that the evidence was inadequate.
The trial continued on Monday afternoon, but was not
open to the public for privacy reasons as the
proceedings focused on
the rape and murder allegations.
The court told China Daily the hearing will continue on
Tuesday, as the charges Zhao faces are complicated.
Zhao's lawyers said after Monday's hearing that their
client insists that he committed the murder for which
executed, but they declined to give more details.
Separately on Monday, Wu Qinyuan, who allegedly raped
and killed a woman 17 years ago, stood trial at Wuhu
People's Court in Anhui province. He was arrested on Nov
Wu confessed to raping and killing the woman at a
building in Bengbu, a city in Anhui, on Dec 2, 1996.
Police found that
biological samples taken from Wu were a more than 99
percent match to those found at the crime scene.
However, at the time, Yu Yingsheng, the victim's
husband, was detained and sentenced at Bengbu
Court to life imprisonment for the homicide.
The provincial high people's court reinvestigated Yu's
case in May 2013 and Yu was pronounced innocent three
Suspected killer goes on trial in
wrongful execution case
January 6, 2015
A man who confessed to murdering
a woman in China 18 years ago went on trial yesterday,
three weeks after a court declared that a teenager
executed for the crime was innocent.
The Intermediate People’s Court in Hohhot, capital of
north China’s Inner Mongolia region, opened proceedings
against Zhao Zhihong, 43, and is expected to announce a
verdict this week, the court said on its official
Doubts were cast on the original verdict in the 1996
case when Zhao was arrested in 2005. He admitted to a
number of rapes and murders, including the one that had
sent Huugjilt, just 18 years old at the time, to his
Under police interrogation, Zhao admitted to 10 murders,
but prosecutors just mentioned nine at his trial in
Zhao’s insistence that he was guilty of a 10th alerted
the central government and the regional higher court
suspended proceedings. Zhao has been in detention
awaiting trial since then.
His confession triggered a review of Huugjilt’s case
and, on December 15 last year, the Inner Mongolia
Autonomous Regional Higher People’s Court overturned the
Huugjilt was interrogated for 48 hours after a woman was
found raped and choked to death in the toilet of a
Hohhot textile factory, after which he confessed to the
crime. He was convicted, sentenced and executed 61 days
after the woman was found.
Yesterday, Zhao again insisted on his responsibility for
the murder, his lawyer told the Legal Evening News. It
was one of 18 cases of rape and murder heard by the
court in camera yesterday to protect victims’ privacy.
Zhao also faced a number of theft charges.
In an interview with China Central Television in
November 2005, Zhao said: “I am not me but another man
when I commit crimes. At that time, I am as grim as
The Inner Mongolia People’s Procuratorate is
investigating police conduct at the time of the 1996
case. Feng Zhiming, the officer in charge, was later
promoted for handling the case in a timely manner.
Huugjilt’s parents, who campaigned to have him cleared,
are to receive more than 2 million yuan (US$330,000) in
Serial killer stands trial in
January 5, 2015
HOHHOT, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- The trial
of an alleged serial killer began Monday in north
China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The case was
reopened more than eight years after his first trial.
Zhao Zhihong, 42, stands accused of
murder, rape, robbery and larceny, the Hohhot
Intermediate People's Court said.
Monday morning's session focused on
Zhao's robbery and larceny charges. It was open to the
Prosecutors charged Zhao with robbing
a man surnamed Chi in a residential community in the
regional capital of Hohhot on May 19, 1996.
Zhao was also accused of stealing
cash and property, including a gold ring, between 1998
and 2000, which were valued at more than 3,000 yuan (490
U.S. dollars) in total.
Zhao confessed to most of the alleged
robbery and theft, but denied he stole the gold ring.
His lawyers, Xie Fei and Zhang Ruijun, argued that the
evidence was inadequate.
Zhao was apprehended in 2005 and
confessed to a string of rape and murder cases,
including one in a public toilet in Hohhot in 1996.
The Hohhot case made headlines
recently, as a higher court ruled in December 2014 that
teenager Huugjilt, who was sentenced to death and
executed for the crime, was innocent.
Huugjilt's parents, who also attended
the trial on Monday morning, received state compensation
totaling more than 2 million yuan after their son's
Zhao first stood trial in late 2006
for raping and killing nine women and girls and raping
seven others as well as robbery and larceny between 1996
Zhao's trial continued on Monday
afternoon, but was not open to the public for privacy
reasons as proceedings focused on the rape and murder