From the NZ Herald
- * 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.