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VIRGINIA TRIOLI, PRESENTER: Ten years after he was jailed for the murder of New South Wales MP John
Newman, Phuong Ngo has had a victory in the campaign to clear his name.

The Chief Justice has announced a judicial review of the case.

Senior Police are outraged and they remain convinced that they got the right man.

Emma Griffiths reports.

EMMA GRIFFITHS, REPORTER: The crime stunned the nation. John Newman's death in 1994 was Australia's
first political assassination.

Councillor Phuong Ngo was found guilty of plotting the murder and has spent the past 10 years in
Goulburn's high security prison. The judicial review is long overdue according to his supporters.

MARION LE, FRIEND: I absolutely believe this a miscarriage of just and I believed it from the
moment he was found guilty.

LUU DAN, EDITOR, VIETNAMESE TRIBUNE: It's time for healing. It's time for the matter to settle.

EMMA GRIFFITHS: The Chief Justice of the NSW Supreme Court James Spigelman has ordered the review.
The details will be worked out next week, but Phuong Ngo's legal team has high hopes.

PETER JACKSON, SOLICITOR: Well, it could mean that he's out of jail and the conviction is gone,
which would be a wonderful result.

EMMA GRIFFITHS: John Newman's family are said to be devastated and Peter Jackson is well aware of
the repercussions if his client is cleared.

PETER JACKSON: We would have no-one having been convicted of the murder of Mr Newman which is a
very sad situation of course.

MARION LE: It's an issue of justice not only in NSW but throughout Australia. And John Newman needs

EMMA GRIFFITHS: The decision follows a recent Four Corners program that cast doubt on the
conviction. The formal application to review the case argues that there's new evidence relating to
Phuong Ngo's location on the night of the murder based on his use of a mobile phone. It also calls
into question evidence from two witnesses who were given indemnity by the NSW Crime Commission and
held up as independent.

PETER JACKSON: And I suppose that's another issue that will be ventilated about the Crime
Commission and how it works and whether there should be any overview of its practices.

EMMA GRIFFITHS: Senior police sources have told the ABC that they're furious about the decision to
hold an inquiry. They remain convinced that Phuong Ngo is guilty and they say this process is a
waste of taxpayers' money.

Emma Griffiths, Lateline.