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Paul Alister



Attempted Murder and Conspiracy


16 years

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New South Wales

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Summary of Case:

"Paul Alister was a codefendant of Ross Dunn and Tim Anderson. The three were known as the Ananda Marga Trio convicted in NSW of conspiring to murder Robert Cameron, the then leader of the National Front. A judicial inquiry conducted by Justice Wood in 1985 determined the three men were innocent. They were pardoned and released in 1985. The three defendants were compensated in 1987 with an ex gratia payment of $100,000 for 7 years wrongful imprisonment."

Conviction Caused By:

Erroneous testimony by special branch member named Richard Seary who was described by Supreme Court Justice Lionel Murphy as “the most unreliable person ever presented as the principle prosecution witness on a serious crime”.

Innocence Proved By:

The three codefendants were pardoned in 1985 based on new evidence of their innocence and released from prison.

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Compensation Awarded:

AUS$100k (1987)

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Information Source 1:

""Miscarriages of Justice: Background on Compensation for NSW Victims," by Tim Anderson"

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"Responding To Custody Levels - Compensation For Miscarriage Of Justice""

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Information Source 3:

"Second frame-up of Tim Anderson, The Guardian, June 7, 1989, p. 4"

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Information Source 4:

"The hangman and the electric chair - Part 1, by Bernie Matthews, July 28, 2005"

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