'Dead' man returns after 10 years

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The Independent Online

A chinese man who was supposedly hacked to death in a fight has reappeared in his hometown after 10 years, raising questions about the use of torture by police to extract a confession.

Zhao Zhensheng, the supposed killer, has served 10 years of a 29-year sentence after confessing to killing Zhao Zuohui in a hatchet fight in central China's Henan province, the China Daily reported this weekend.

The apparent victim reappeared in the village on 2 May, after having fled because he feared he had killed Zhao Zhensheng. Convictions in the Chinese court system are strongly dependent on confessions.