Prison authorities in the North of Ireland destroyed 52,382 files in the months before the Freedom of Information Act was introduced, the records included security files of terrorists held at Maze Prison. The data included prisoner records, policy notes and medical logs and was disposed of before the January 2005 law making public bodies more transparent. This is not the first time Maze Prison has been accused of inappropriate destruction of records, in 1997 it came to light that 800 security files on terrorist prisoners released under the Good Friday Agreement were also shredded.

Ireland On-Line December 12 2006

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