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Former Post Office chair ‘regrets’ keeping critical Horizon report secret

Former Post Office chair Tim Parker said he “regrets” taking advice from the organisation’s legal chief to keep secret a critical report that could have supported the claims of subpostmasters wrongly accused of theft and false accounting. Parker was questioned about the report during the latest hearing at the Post Office scandal public inquiry. Like…

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Metropolitan Police could investigate one of its own staff in Post Office probe

A former Post Office investigator who deleted information from an expert IT witness statement during the wrongful prosecution of a subpostmaster faces being investigated by his current employer, the Metropolitan Police, as part of its Post Office scandal probe. Last week, the Post Office scandal public inquiry was shown evidence for the second time that …

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Post Office expert IT witness Gareth Jenkins resigns BCS membership

The IT expert at the centre of the Post Office Horizon scandal has resigned as a member of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, after he was informed the professional association could investigate his part in the widest miscarriage of justice in history. Gareth Jenkins, who was chief architect at Fujitsu and acted as an…

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Ignorance of ‘legal niceties’ from Post Office expert IT witness saw innocent people jailed

A Former Fujitsu IT expert’s ignorance of the rules that expert witnesses to courts must adhere to meant subpostmasters were wrongly convicted of financial crimes and jailed. Gareth Jenkins began acting as an expert IT witness to courts for the Post Office in the early 2000s, when the organisation was using computer evidence to prosecute subpostmasters…

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IT witness was hidden away from Post Office court battle, but supported it from shadows

A barrister who represented the Post Office during its 2018 High Court battle has said lawyers representing subpostmaster claimants would have “had a field day in court” if a tainted Fujitsu expert witness had been called to give evidence. During the latest phase of the Post Office Horizon scandal public inquiry, Anthony de Garr Robinson…

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Post Office Horizon replacement project labelled ‘unachievable’ as taxpayer bill reaches £1bn

Taxpayers are facing a £1bn bill for the Post Office to replace its controversial Horizon IT system, Computer Weekly has learned – but government experts sent in to assess the funding request have reported that the critical project is currently unachievable. The plan to develop a replacement for Horizon and remove its supplier, Fujitsu, is…

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Fujitsu set for further £180m deal as Post Office Horizon replacement delayed

Fujitsu is set to receive a further £180m in taxpayers’ cash to extend its contract to run the controversial Post Office Horizon IT system for a further five years. As revealed by Computer Weekly yesterday (30 May), the project to replace Horizon has hit major problems, and the Post Office has requested £1bn of extra…

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‘You knew’ – former ally accused Paula Vennells of knowing about Horizon problems

Former Royal Mail CEO Moya Greene accused Paula Vennells of knowing what was going on at the Post Office while its practices were destroying the lives of hundreds of subpostmasters. During the latest Post Office scandal public inquiry hearing, text exchanges between former Post Office CEO Vennells and Greene were revealed. Following the broadcast in…

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Third police probe into Post Office scandal under consideration

A third police investigation into potential crimes committed by individuals in the Post Office scandal could be launched as the Metropolitan Police Service is “looking at” a potential probe. In January, subpostmaster campaigner Alan Bates said if the police don’t investigate, he and fellow campaigners will raise the funds needed to pursue private prosecutions. When…

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Barrister says Post Office lawyers misled him over Horizon cases

Post Office lawyers misled a barrister acting for them in subpostmaster prosecution cases, the Post Office Horizon scandal public inquiry has heard. Simon Clarke, previously a barrister at Cartwright King, said he believes he was misled by the Post Office’s lawyers during his work with the organisation. Discussing the case of Seema Misra, who was…

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