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A child rape suspect will face prosecution in China's Henan province more than 20 years after the crime, said the court on Friday.
The suspect, surnamed Liu, was suspected of raping and suffocating an eight-year-old on November 26, 1996 in an abandoned cave in Xinmi city, Xinhua news agency reported.
Police found the body, 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 in March 2017.
As the case extended beyond the prosecution period of 20 years, as stipulated by the country's Criminal Law, authorities reported to the court for approval of prosecution.
The prosecution was approved due to Liu's alleged evil conduct.