Tomasz Komenda’s case has shocked Poland. Komenda, now in his mid-40s was arrested in 2000 over a 1997 rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl at a New Year’s village disco party. He was initially handed a 15-year prison term, which was later increased to 25 years, despite him protesting his innocence.

After spending 18years in the prison, DNA tests showed that he wasn’t involved in the rape or murder. Therefore, Komenda was acquitted of all charges and was released. A Polish court on Monday ordered a record high compensation of nearly 13 million zlotys to Komenda.

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