world : New law quashes convictions of Scottish sub-postmasters

world : New law quashes convictions of Scottish sub-postmasters
world : New law quashes convictions of Scottish sub-postmasters

Friday 14 June 2024 02:30 AM

Nafeza 2 world - In Scotland the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) had sole responsibility for prosecuting Horizon cases, whereas in England the Post Office could act as prosecutor.

The Scottish government, alongside the Crown Office, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission and the Post Office, will notify those affected and ensure police and court records are amended.

Justice Secretary Angela Constance has written an open letter to sub-postmasters setting out next steps. She said she hopes the legislation "goes some way to righting the terrible wrongs of the past".

She said: "Of course, no amount of compensation can fully mend the lives that were torn apart by this miscarriage of justice.

“I will be writing to those affected to tell them their convictions have been quashed and ensuring court records are changed, so the victims of this scandal can have their good names restored as quickly as possible. They have already waited too long for justice.”

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