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1080 blackmail suspects: Minister Nick Smith told us not to sue

From the NZ Herald

Key Points:

      • * Anti-1080 couple targeted by police sought $165,000 in damages
      • * Former conservation minister Nick Smith offered flowers and a caution about suing police

* The couple felt Smith was trying to dissuade them from the law suit

A couple targeted by detectives hunting the 1080 milk-powder blackmailer claim National MP Nick Smith – while Minister of Conservation – personally attempted to dissuade them from suing the police.

Rolf and Ute Kleine have been paid $10,000 by police to settle a lawsuit over the time they spent as key suspects in the hunt for the blackmailer.

They were caught up in the inquiry after police focused on anti-1080 protesters as the source of the threat to put the poisonous pesticide into milk powder.

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