Why the Post Office was able to bring private prosecutions in the Horizon IT scandal

Professor John Child writes for The Conversation.

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The UK prime minister, Rishi Sunak, has announced that is government will introduce blanket legislation to clear sub-postmasters convicted of wrongdoing as a result of the Post Office Horizon scandal .

Between 1999 and 2015 – and potentially much earliermore than 700 sub-postmasters were convicted of fraud, theft or false accounting.

Legal experts have long highlighted the Post Office’s litigious attitude and its cases relying, often exclusively, on evidence from the faulty IT system itself. Many victims pleaded guilty simply on advice that this was their best chance of avoiding prison. Read full article...