Victorian Police To Pay $1000 For Hurt Feelings
Victoria Police have been ordered to pay $1000 to soothe the "hurt feelings" of a man they inaccurately described as a criminal figure.
Visho Zeqaj had sought $100,000 in compensation after police told a relative in November 2016 that their association with the "known criminal identity" meant a firearms licence had been suspended.
The complaint was on Tuesday found proven by Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal senior member Anna Dea, who said police had not checked that the information provided was up to date.
Zeqaj had been the subject of past investigations and if the message to his relative had said that, it could have been considered accurate, she said.
"Doing the best I can, I will award the sum of $1000 for hurt feelings caused," Dea said in her written judgment.
She noted that Zeqaj has a "longstanding antipathy towards Victoria Police" and had been treated as being involved in criminal acts, despite having no convictions, due to family connections.
Other complaints of privacy breaches by Zeqaj against Victoria Police were dismissed.