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Scottish government looking into a ‘pardon scheme’ for Post Office masters

by LLB political Reporter
9th Jan 24 3:48 pm

The Scottish government are considering to a “pardon scheme” for the post masters were scandalously affected by the Post Office Horizon IT system failure.

The faulty Horizon accounting software which was made by Fujitsu made it look like money was missing from many Post Office branches which then led to more than 700 Post Office managers convicted of crimes.

Justice Secretary Angela Constance said in Holyrood on Tuesday, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) have been tasked to assess any possible miscarriages of justice, so far seven cases have been sent to the appeals court, with two cases being overturned.

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She added, “We are, however, looking at what more can be done.

“We are looking at the idea of a pardon scheme.”

Constance answered SNP MSP Fergus Ewing, she said the Government has “an open mind to the best way forward.”

She added, the SCCRC has been proactive in seeking out those who may have been wrongfully convicted in 2020.

Constance has written to UK Justice Secretary Alex Chalk to see “how best we can work together,” she said that she is aware of the compensation scheme in the UK, but firstly the convictions must be overturned.

Constance added that she would work “collaboratively to ensure that everyone effected in Scotland can access justice and right a wrong where that has (been) done.”

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