02 Oct Post Office won’t block appeals of 33 wrongfully convicted Horizon scandal postmasters | UK News
The Post Office has said it will not oppose attempts to overturn the convictions of 33 sub-postmasters wrongly accused of theft and fraud because of an IT error.
The former sub-postmasters’ convictions, which were based on evidence provided by a faulty IT system, were “unsafe”, the Post Office said today.
It has now confirmed it will not block the 33 cases being sent to the Court of Appeal, which means all convictions will be quashed.
Hundreds of sub-postmasters were wrongly accused of theft, fraud and false accounting after the Horizon IT system was introduced to Post Office branches in 1999.
It incorrectly showed cash shortfalls, which resulted in many of the postmasters involved being sacked, made bankrupt or even put in prison.
The scandal over the Horizon system has spanned a decade, costing millions of pounds in countless court cases.
Today’s decision not to block any of the appeals has been described by lawyers Neil Hudgell and Tim Moloney QC as a “landmark moment”.
They say it could “open the door to clear hundreds more” postmasters who were wrongly accused.