Apr 23, 2021

Post Office scandal: Postmasters await Appeal Court ruling

PA Media/Jo Hamilton/BBC. A group of 42 sub-postmasters and postmistresses will learn later whether convictions for stealing money will be quashed amid a Post Office IT scandal. Julian Wilson owned and ran the Astwood Bank village post office branch in Worcestershire. In 39 cases, the Post Office did not contest that those involved "Did not or could not have a fair trial", but in 35 of these cases it did challenge a second element that their convictions were "An affront to the public conscience". The Horizon system, developed by the Japanese company Fujitsu, was first rolled out in 1999 to some post offices to be used for a variety of tasks including accounting and stocktaking. "A Post Office spokesman said:"We sincerely apologise to the postmasters affected by our historical failures.

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