Four more former subpostmasters are set to have their convictions for financial crimes quashed after thesupported their appeals.
In the latest group of 12 former subpostmasters andbranch workers seeking to have convictions overturned, the Post Office said it would oppose six appeals and requested an extension with two others to seek more information.
The four uncontested appeals will take the number of former sub-post managers with convictions overturned to 63 in what has been described as the biggest miscarriage of justice in British history.
A spokesperson said: “The Post Office is taking determined action to address miscarriages of justice fairly and to compensate the. “We continue to make strenuous efforts to contact and assist with potentially relevant historical convictions to appeal if they wish.”
And there could be many more. Between 2000 and 2015, 736 sub-post managers wereused by Post Office branches, which was .
Computer Weekly first reported problems with the system in 2009, when itSee the timeline below for more.
The government-owned Post Office always denied that Horizon – supplied by Fujitsu – could blame the accounting shortfalls. Sub-post managers and their families turned their lives upside down, with criminal prosecutions for hundreds of more financially ruined. Some were, and all faced financial ruin and a criminal record.
In December 2019, multimillion-pound group litigation by 555 sub-post managersthat the Horizon computer system was to blame for shortfalls. The government and the Post Office spent about £100m fighting the with the 555 sub-post managers who took it to court.
Last month, the government announced that it wouldfor each sub-post manager who has had their criminal convictions overturned.
Following the Post Office’s defeat in the 2019 group litigation, it wasup a compensation scheme, the Historical Shortfall Scheme, which has received 2,400 applications, compared with 500 expected by the Post Office.
But the scheme does not include compensation for the 555 sub-post managers who took the Post Office to court over the Horizon errors. Those subpostmasters revealed what the Post Office and Fujitsu, which supplied the Horizon system, had been up to forand what the Post Office’s government owner had failed to stop.
They were excluded from the scheme because the Post Office and the government said the damages paid when the sub-post managers won the Highwere full and final. However, most of that £57.75m settlement was swallowed up by costs that had to be paid to a litigation funder, leaving the claimants with only about £11m between them.
Thecosts, and the campaign for fair compensation for these 555 subpostmasters and all others affected goes on.