Legal fees to defend officers 'should be revealed'

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A panel found the need to show prudent use of public funds was a key factor [Getty Images]

An independent panel has ruled the cost of a legal case defending a number of Guernsey Police officers should be released.

The Committee for Home Affairs had said the information should not be released when it was asked as part of a freedom of information (FOI) request.

The FOI Appeals Panel found there was an overriding public interest and the details of what the police spent on legal fees defending local officers should be released.

It said: "The panel consider that the prudent use of public funds, particularly where the amounts involved may be significant engages the overriding of the exemption."

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