Apr 22, 2021

Post Office scandal: What the Horizon saga is all about

In December 2019, at the end of a long-running series of civil cases, the Post Office agreed to settle with 555 claimants. If judges say they were, the postmasters may pursue civil action against the Post Office for malicious prosecution, seeking significant sums in damages. The Post Office has set up an historic shortfall scheme designed to repay those who lost out, but this excludes those who were part of the High Court settlement. An inquiry set up "To establish a clear account of the failings of the Horizon IT computer system, and assess whether lessons have been learnt at the Post Office" will report in the summer. The Justice For Subpostmasters Alliance campaign group, which was instrumental in the High Court battle, refused to take part, describing it as a whitewash and calling for a full public inquiry instead. So far, nobody at the Post Office or Fujitsu has been held accountable, although the High Court judge said he would refer Fujitsu to the Director of Public Prosecutions for possible further action because he had "Grave concerns" about the evidence of the company's employees.

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