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Oops: police nab wrong man, pay compensation

SHANGHAI police have apologized to and compensated a Chongqing Municipality resident who was mistakenly detained by police last week.

The man, 42, who requested anonymity, has been paid 6,000 yuan (US$880) in compensation, Chongqing Morning Post reported yesterday.

Shanghai Zhabei District police, who issued a wanted poster with a picture bearing a close resemblance to the man, made no comment yesterday.

The real suspect, who was collecting debts with another man in 2007 and broke his partner's legs, is still at large, according to the newspaper.

The wrong man was seized last Thursday afternoon in a teahouse by Chongqing police with "all the paperwork," saying he was wanted by Shanghai police.

"I was shocked," the wrongly held man said.

"They handcuffed me immediately, ignoring whatever I said."

He was then taken to Chongqing's Beibei police station for inquiries.

He told police he had never been to Shanghai and had been running a restaurant in eastern China's Fujian Province since 2004.

He was released two days later when police realized they had the wrong man.

His name and the suspect's pronounce the same and both of them were from Chongqing Municipality, a police officer surnamed Zhu sent from Shanghai explained to the man and his family.


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