So Teina Pora gets $2m, but who leaked the info?

The day after cabinet makes a decision, and the day before the announcement from Justice Minister Amy Adams, the settlement figure for Teina Pora gets leaked.

Teina Pora is set to receive more than $2 million in compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment.

Justice Minister Amy Adams has called a press conference for tomorrow to make an announcement about the case.

While her office would not reveal any details, it is understood that the Cabinet has today approved compensation for Mr Pora.

The base rate for compensation in wrongful conviction cases is $100,000 a year.  

Mr Pora spent 22 years in prison, meaning he stands to receive more than $2 million – the largest-ever payout by the Crown.

In March 2015, the Privy Council quashed his convictions for the 1992 rape and murder of Susan Burdett.

A month later, his legal team made a formal claim for compensation.

Because a retrial was not ordered, Mr Pora qualified for a payout.

In June 2015, Ms Adams said Mr Pora’s claim merited further assessment and she referred it to former High Court judge Rodney Hansen.

Now, who on earth would benefit from an early leak of this information?

Cui bono?

Who is in need of a weapon of mass distraction at the moment and needs to be several stories below this story on the front page of news websites?

As for the $2 million, the Mongrel Mob will be happy for the donation from Amy Adams.


– NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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