Court to decide fate of Astra archive

Besides the official receivers, Gerald James, former chairman of Astra who is fighting his expulsion from the accountancy profession, will also be present at court tomorrow. James told the archive of 2,600 boxes is crucial to his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

The Department of Trade and Industry received an application to destroy the archive which is standard procedure following the completion of the insolvency process.

A spokeswoman for the DTI said the official receivers no longer need the files, but no records will be destroyed until all avenues have been explored. She 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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