Rape suspect to face trial after 20 years

BEIJING: A child rape suspect will face prosecution in Central China’s Henan province more than 20 years after the crime, according to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP).

The man, surnamed Liu, was suspected of raping and suffocating an eight-year-old girl on Nov 26, 1996 in an abandoned cave in a rural area of Xinmi city in Henan, the SPP said yesterday.

Local police found the body, now believed to have been buried by Liu before he fled, but failed to identify the suspect.

In 2013, Liu was matched to the crime by DNA evidence.

He was arrested by the police in March 2017.

As the case extended beyond the prosecution period of 20 years, as stipulated by the country’s Criminal Law, local authorities reported to the SPP for approval of prosecution. — China Daily/Asia News Network

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