Thursday, January 22, 2015

David Bain; New Zealand; His claim for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment is back on the rails.

PUBLISHER'S VIEW: The New Zealand government has shamefully withheld the compensation it rightfully owes David Bain for years. Hopefully the New Justice Minister will display a sense of justice  that eluded her predecessor. Harold Levy; Publisher. The Charles Smith Blog.

 STORY: "David Bain compensation: The story so far," published by TVNZ "One News" on January 22, 2015;

GIST: "Justice Minister Amy Adams' announcement that Cabinet will resume consideration of David Bain's compensation claim is the latest development in his nearly five-year long quest for recompense for wrongful conviction and imprisonment..........In February that year, at Mr Bain's request, the Cabinet put consideration of his application for compensation on hold, pending the judicial review proceedings he had filed. Ms Collins (former justice minister) resigned in August last year in the midst of the furore over the Dirty Politics saga and late last year Mr Bain's legal team had confidential discussions with the new Minister of Justice, Amy Adams, about compensation. Ms Adams today confirmed that judicial review proceedings undertaken by Mr Bain have been discontinued by him. "With the matter resolved, Cabinet can now resume its consideration of Mr Bain's claim for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment," says Ms Adams. She says there will be a further announcement regarding the consideration of the application "in due course".

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See related Newstalk ZB story: "Long-time David Bain supporter Joe Karam says the review was sparked over concerns about the then Minister's handling of Mr Bain's compensation claim. "The predominant purpose of the judicial review was to prevent Judith Collins dealing with David Bain's compensation claim." Joe Karam, says with a new Justice Minister now instated, there is no longer a need for a review. He says Mr Bain's legal team and supporters are pleased with the development. "The whole thing has gone on far too long, I'm sure the country is sick of it and would like it to be over and done with."


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