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Documents found in Cardiff police corruption case

by Des Mannay
Issue No. 2395

Some 227 boxes of missing legal documents relating to a South Wales Police corruption case that collapsed have been found at an RAF base.

The documents were being stored in a police warehouse at RAF St Athan.

Some of the boxes should have been disclosed during a trial of eight former detectives and two civilians in 2011. They were accused of conspiring to get five men convicted of Lynette White’s murder in 1988.

Three out of the five, the “Cardiff Three” were sent to prison for a crime they did not commit in 1990. They were only freed in 1992 after a huge campaign against the miscarriage of justice.

The police corruption trial collapsed in December 2011. It had been claimed that another set of documents that should have been disclosed to the defence had been shredded.

The documents were later discovered in South Wales Police headquarters.

A treasury solicitor informed the lord chief justice of England and Wales, Lord Thomas, of the discovery of the 227 boxes several weeks ago.

Lord Thomas is presiding over a judicial review application from the surviving three members of the original Cardiff Five.

The review would be into the home secretary’s refusal to grant a public inquiry into the case.

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Tue 18 Mar 2014, 18:28 GMT
Issue No. 2395
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