Two compensation claims for wrongful conviction and
imprisonment have been declined.
Information released to the Otago Daily Times reveals
of the five compensation cases before the Justice Minister
last year, two have been declined.
The remaining cases still to be decided include that of
former Dunedin man David Bain, whose application is on hold
while judicial proceedings are before the court.
Justice Minister Judith Collins declined to release, under
the Official Information Act, the names and details of those
who had been declined compensation, citing name suppression
and legal professional privilege.
In the first case, ''K'' was convicted of sexual violation by
rape and sentenced to seven and a-half years' imprisonment.
He served 17 months of the sentence before his conviction was
quashed by the Court of Appeal.
In the second case, ''P'' was convicted in 1997 and 1998 for
sexual offences (convictions ''A'' and ''B'') against two
''P'' was sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment and preventive
Both complainants later retracted their allegations.
The Court of Appeal quashed conviction ''A'' and ordered a
retrial, at which ''P'' was discharged without conviction.
Conviction ''B'' was also quashed by the Court of Appeal but
without an order of a retrial.
While there was no legal right to compensation for wrongful
conviction and imprisonment, the Government, at its
discretion, could make an ex gratia payment.