The Court of Appeal has today cleared 12 more former subpostmasters who were wrongly convicted of offences as a result of the Post Office Horizon scandal.
In April, 39 former subpostmasters who were convicted and even jailed for theft, fraud and false accounting had their names cleared – some after fighting for nearly 20 years.
At a hearing in March, the court heard subpostmasters’ lives were “irreparably ruined” as they lost their jobs, homes and marriages after they were prosecuted by the Post Office – which knew the Fujitsu-developed IT system had “faults and bugs from the earliest days of its operation”.
Hundreds of people who ran Post Office branches were convicted of various offences during the period of time the system was being used.
Solicitor Neil Hudgell, of Hudgell Solicitors – who has represented 33 former subpostmasters who have cleared their names so far, said in April: “Each and every subpostmaster walked out of the Royal Courts of Justice and down the steps with their heads held high… completely exonerated and found to be entirely innocent by the courts.
“Now we want to make sure we deliver the same outcome for every other family affected by this. The work goes on.”
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