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Teina Pora will take govt to court

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/07/2016

Teina Pora © Getty Images Teina Pora Teina Pora has decided he will challenge the government in court over its decision not to inflation-adjust his compensation.

Mr Pora was in June awarded $2.5 million in compensation for being wrongly convicted and serving 21 years in prison for the murder of Auckland woman Susan Burdett.

However the compensation package was not adjusted for inflation, and just-released Cabinet papers reveal Justice Minister Amy Adams rejected advice it should have been.

An independent review of Mr Pora's case by retired High Court judge Rodney Hansen recommended parliament consider inflation over the time he was incarcerated.

Private investigator Tim McKinnel, Mr Pora's advocate, confirmed to NZ Newswire Mr Pora had made the decision to fight a court battle several days ago, after discussing the matter with his support team.

Mr McKinnel said he supported Mr Pora's decision, as he had been substantially undercompensated.

About $38,000 for every year spent in jail should be added to the overall package, but the exact figure sought would be carefully calculated by Mr Pora's legal team in the coming months, he said.

Mr McKinnel estimated the legal process could take several months to reach a court hearing.

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