Evidence that was supposedly destroyed by police—which led to the collapse of a multi-million pound police corruption trial—has been found.
The biggest police corruption trial in British legal history over the fitting up of three men for murder, known as the Cardiff Three, collapsed in farce last year.
Eight former officers walked free after hearing that Chief Superintendent Chris Coutts had ordered the shredding of key documents.
But now the files have remarkably been found in the possession of South Wales Police—in their original boxes.
Stephen Miller, Yusef Abdullahi and Tony Paris were wrongly jailed in 1990.
Chief Superintendent Thomas Page and chief inspectors Graham Mouncher and Richard Powell were alleged to have colluded with five other detectives to pervert the course of justice.
The five are Michael Daniels Paul Jennings, Paul Stephen, Peter Greenwood and John Seaford.
Four other ex-police officers, also jointly accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, were due to stand trial separately next year.
All the officers have been suspended since 2005—on full pay.