28 Jul 2016

Teina Pora to appeal compensation decision

2:53 pm on 28 July 2016

Teina Pora has instructed his lawyers to file papers in the High Court, challenging the government's decision not to add inflation to his $2.5 million compensation package.

Members of Teina Pora's legal team - Jonathan Krebs, left, and Ingrid Squire - speak to reporters on 15 June 2016.

Teina Pora's lawyers, Jonathan Krebs and Ingrid Squire, following the announcement of the government's compensation offer on 15 June. Photo: RNZ / Cole Eastham-Farrelly

The payout was offered by the government last month after Mr Pora spent nearly 22 years in prison for the 1992 murder and rape of Susan Burdett in Auckland - crimes he never committed.

His compensation was based on 1998 guidelines that award $100,000 a year for loss of liberty.

An independent report had recommended the figure be adjusted for inflation but the government rejected that.

Mr Pora's lawyer, Jonathan Krebs, confirmed he had received instructions from his client to file papers in the High Court, seeking a judicial review of the government's decision.

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