Compensation claims by Northern Ireland's most dangerous prisoners are being kept secret — to protect their privacy.
The names of violent lags who have been handed almost £200,000 in the past two years cannot be revealed because if breaks human rights and data protection laws.
One inmate alone received a payout of £27,500 last year.
The public is banned from knowing which jailbird pocketed £15,000 after contracting a potentially fatal disease behind bars, and the identities of the criminals awarded almost £30,000 for slips, trips and falls.
A Prison Service spokesman said: “To disclose this information would breach these individuals' rights.” Fifty compensation claims by inmates since 2009 have cost the public a staggering £196,833.
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