New Zealand to pay record amount to wrongfully convicted man

June 15, 2016 4:57 AM

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand's government has agreed to pay a record amount to a man who spent more than 20 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit.

The government announced Wednesday that it would pay Teina Pora 2.5 million New Zealand dollars ($1.8 million) and also issued him a formal apology. The compensation is the highest ever paid by the South Pacific nation for a wrongful conviction.

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