May 18, 2021

Post Office scandal inquiry to be bolstered

The government is to bolster the independent inquiry into the Post Office's computer scandal, giving it power to compel witnesses to testify. The move, first reported by Sky News, is to come just days after the government came under fire for saying that the current inquiry's powers were sufficient. An inquiry set up last September "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" was set to report in the summer. Ministers are now planning to strengthen the powers of the inquiry. As a result, anyone who refuses to give evidence to the inquiry could be fined or imprisoned.

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