Oct 2, 2020
Post Office scandal: Postmasters celebrate huge victory against convictions
Many have now been told the Post Office will not contest their appeals against conviction. The decision paves the way for more than 30 cases to being quashed, although the Post Office can seek a retrial. The Post Office agreed in December to pay almost £58m to settle the long-running dispute with more than 500 sub-postmasters and postmistresses affected by the scandal, many of whom had been fired or made bankrupt as a result. The settlement brought an end to a mammoth series of court cases over the Horizon IT system used to manage local post office finances since 1999. After more than 900 prosecutions, 550 sub-postmasters raised civil actions against the Post Office which agreed to pay £58m damages.
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