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Sunak pronounces emergency laws to overturn Publish Workplace scandal convictions

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has introduced new laws to overturn the convictions of the lots of of sub-postmasters criminally prosecuted by the Publish Workplace a couple of decade in the past.

Sunak, talking at prime minister’s questions within the Home of Commons, stated he needed “justice and compensation” for the greater than 700 folks convicted for theft or false accounting.

“I can announce we are going to introduce new main laws to verify these convicted because of the Horizon scandal are swiftly exonerated and compensated,” he informed MPs.

The prime minister additionally pledged a “new upfront fee of £75,000” for greater than 500 sub-postmasters.

Sunak stated Kevin Hollinrake, the postal affairs minister, would offer extra particulars of the scheme in a while Wednesday.

“We’ll make certain the reality involves gentle, rewrite the wrongs of the previous,” he stated.

A whole lot of individuals have been criminally prosecuted by the Publish Workplace between 2000 and 2014 utilizing defective knowledge from the Horizon IT system offered by Fujitsu.

Compensation of £600,000 had been provided to each sub-postmaster whose conviction for theft or false accounting was overturned. To this point, solely 93 convictions have been overturned.