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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 - 13:46
British colonial files released following legal challenge
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Secret files from British colonial rule - once thought lost - have been released by the government, one year after they came to light in a High Court challenge to disclose them.

Some of the papers cover controversial episodes and also reveal efforts to destroy and reclassify sensitive files.

The 1,200 records being released are the first of six groups to be made public at the National Archives by November 2013.

They cover the period between the 1930s and 1970s and were physically transferred or "migrated" to the UK.

The archive contains official documents from the former territories  including the British Indian Ocean Territories.

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