May 24, 2024

Hundreds of Post Office convictions to be quashed

Hundreds of sub-postmasters found guilty as part of the Post Office Horizon scandal are to have their names cleared, after the law quashing their convictions was approved by Parliament. The law applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland - the Scottish parliament is to pass its own bill to quash convictions. A public inquiry into the Horizon scandal is ongoing and this week has been hearing from former Post Office boss Paula Vennells. The passing of the Post Office Horizon System Offences Bill means all convictions will be quashed of people convicted of theft, or false accounting between 1996 and 2018 while working in a Post Office using its flawed IT system. The unprecedented law has been driven through in the wake of the public outcry brought about by the ITV drama Mr Bates vs the Post Office broadcast.

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