Gerald James, the former Astra chairman who is fighting his expulsion from the accountancy profession, says the archive of 2,600 boxes is crucial to his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights against a ruling by an accountant’s Joint Disciplinary Tribunal to expel him.
A full hearing is expected in two months’ time.
A DTI spokeswoman said one of the reasons for destroying the files was because they were stored at the public’s expense. James, however, said he had offered to look after the documents at no expense, but his offer had been turned down.
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