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Teina Pora compo announcement imminent

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/06/2016
Teina Pora's conviction has been quashed. © 3 News Teina Pora's conviction has been quashed.

Teina Pora could receive as much as $2 million in government compensation for wrongful imprisonment over the rape and murder of Auckland woman Susan Burdett, NZ Newswire understands.

Mr Pora spent more than 21 years in prison before his conviction was quashed last year by the Privy Council in London. A retrial was ruled out.

Mr Pora put in a claim in April 2015 for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment and could be claiming more than $2 million.

Cabinet guidelines indicate Mr Pora could be asking for about $2.1m as compensation for loss of liberty and emotional harm is calculated on a starting point of $100,000 for each year in prison.

Newshub reported on Tuesday that Cabinet has approved $2m compensation and will make an official announcement on Wednesday.

Neither Mr Pora's lawyer Johnathan Krebs or Justice Minister Amy Adams would confirm the report.

However, a spokesman for Ms Adams confirmed she would make an announcement on Wednesday.

Teina Pora, who has spent more than 21 years in jail for the murder of Susan Burdett in 1992, has put in his claim for compensation to the government. © File photo Teina Pora, who has spent more than 21 years in jail for the murder of Susan Burdett in 1992, has put in his claim for compensation to the government.
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