Chinese court apologizes to parents after clearing son 18 years after his execution

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A court in northern China has cleared a teenager of the rape and murder of a woman in a public toilet 18 years after he was executed for the crime.

The Inner Mongolia Higher People's Court announced Monday that it had overturned the conviction of Huugjilt, who was 18 when he was sentenced to death and executed. The court's online statement said the defendant had been found "not guilty."

In an article carried by the official Xinhua News Agency, the deputy head of the court, Zhao Jianping, offered his "sincere apologies" to Huugjilt's parents.

State media carried photos of a court official handing over the verdict to Huugjilt's weeping parents at their home.

The retrial was held last month, nine years after another man confessed to the 1996 crime.