Post Office victims set to be cleared under new law

Legislation to exonerate wrongly convicted sub-postmasters is expected to come into effect in July.
Post Office victims set to be cleared under new law
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Hundreds of people wrongly convicted in the Post Office scandal are set to have their names cleared after the government announced plans for new legislation.

The law is expected to come into effect by the end of July and will apply to convictions in England and Wales.

It will quash convictions defined by a “clear and objective criteria”.

Between 1999 and 2015, more than 900 sub-postmasters were wrongly prosecuted due to faulty software.

Incorrect information provided by a computer system called Horizon meant that sub-postmasters and postmistresses were prosecuted for stealing money.

Many of those convicted went to prison for false accounting and theft. Many were financially ruined.

Some sub-postmasters caught up in the scandal have died or taken their own lives in the intervening years.

The issue was thrust back into the spotlight by an ITV drama, Mr Bates vs the Post Office, earlier this year.

Announcing the plans, Post Office Minister Kevin Hollinrake said the legislation was likely to “exonerate a number of people who were, in fact, guilty of a crime”.

But he said: “The Government accepts that this is a price worth paying in order to ensure that many innocent people are exonerated.”

Source: bbc.co.uk

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