Post Office Scandal - Sub-postmarters celebrate after having convictions quashed; 2021

Thirty nine former sub-postmasters celebrate outside the Court of Appeal after having their names cleared of false accounting and theft. Court of Appeal judges ruled that the Post Office knew Fujitsu-developed Horizon computer system was flawed. Tom Hedges, former postmaster, says "Cheers to British justice, finally" (BBC News Rushes - 23/04/2021 - AEXZ288W) STORY: The Post Office scandal has been long-running - between1999 and 2015, over 700 Post Office branch managers were blamed for a bug in the computer system, Horizon, developed by Fujitsu, which made it appear as though money was going missing in the Post Office system. Sub-postmasters were made to repay the money themselves, leaving them financially ruined, and some were wrongfully convicted of false accounting and theft, leading to a widespread miscarriage of justice. After 20 years, campaigners won a legal battle to have their cases reconsidered. A public inquiry is ongoing, but many victims are still fighting to have their convictions overturned, or to secure full compensation. An ITV drama in 2024, Mr Bates vs The Post Office, expedited government action in this and increased public awareness.
Thirty nine former sub-postmasters celebrate outside the Court of Appeal after having their names cleared of false accounting and theft. Court of Appeal judges ruled that the Post Office knew Fujitsu-developed Horizon computer system was flawed. Tom Hedges, former postmaster, says "Cheers to British justice, finally" (BBC News Rushes - 23/04/2021 - AEXZ288W) STORY: The Post Office scandal has been long-running - between1999 and 2015, over 700 Post Office branch managers were blamed for a bug in the computer system, Horizon, developed by Fujitsu, which made it appear as though money was going missing in the Post Office system. Sub-postmasters were made to repay the money themselves, leaving them financially ruined, and some were wrongfully convicted of false accounting and theft, leading to a widespread miscarriage of justice. After 20 years, campaigners won a legal battle to have their cases reconsidered. A public inquiry is ongoing, but many victims are still fighting to have their convictions overturned, or to secure full compensation. An ITV drama in 2024, Mr Bates vs The Post Office, expedited government action in this and increased public awareness.
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23 April, 2021
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