Apr 23, 2021

Convicted Post Office workers have names cleared

Judges have quashed the convictions of 39 former postmasters after the UK's most widespread miscarriage of justice. Judges said the Post Office sought to reverse the burden of proof when prosecuting the postmasters. At the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Lord Justice Holroyde said the Post Office "Knew there were serious issues about the reliability of Horizon" and had a "Clear duty to investigate" the system's defects. The Post Office "Consistently asserted that Horizon was robust and reliable" and "Effectively steamrolled over any subpostmaster who sought to challenge its accuracy", the judge added. The Court of Appeal also allowed the appeals on the basis that their prosecutions were an affront to justice - that allows the possibility of further claims for compensation against the Post Office.

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