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Pora gets money up front, challenge right

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/06/2016

The government has granted Teina Pora's request to get compensation paid to him while having the right to challenge the amount.

Justice Minister Amy Adams said on Friday the crown has agreed to Mr Pora's request that he receive the sum that's been approved by cabinet immediately.

He would have the right to challenge the decision not to apply inflation to non-pecuniary losses, she said.

On Wednesday Ms Adams announced Mr Pora would be compensated $2.5 million for his wrongful conviction and 21 years in prison for the 1992 rape and murder of Auckland woman Susan Burdett.

In a statement on Thursday, Mr Pora's team said they had written to the minister asking for an agreement that would allow them to take the money but still maintain the right to challenge the inflation part of the decision.

Earlier, Ms Adams said cabinet had looked at inflation but ultimately decided that it wasn't appropriate.

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