Post Office bosses should be prosecuted for overseeing the biggest miscarriage of justice in British legal history, MPs and victims said on Friday night.
I’d certainly support significant investigation into whether there should be prosecutions. The thing to be investigated not the installation of a cocked accounting system, something that is clearly true. Rather, the years and years of refusing, adamantly, to realise or admit that it was cocked. Effectively, the bureaucratic arrogance.
The Court ruled that the convictions were unsafe because they had been based on flawed evidence from the now discredited Horizon accounting computer system installed in Post Office branches in 1999.
Following the convictions, some of the 39 went to prison, lost their homes, were shunned by their communities and even failed to get insurance. A number of those convicted died before their names were cleared.
The Post Office used evidence based on the flawed Horizon system to prosecute a total of 736 people, many more of whom are now expected to go to the courts to have their own convictions quashed.
And there’s a lovely example of that arrogance. Why isn’t the PO scrambling to aid those 736?
The judges said: “Post Office Limited’s failures of investigation and disclosure were so egregious as to make the prosecution of any of the ‘Horizon cases’ an affront to the conscience of the court.”
That’s pretty bad you know…..