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Two Fujitsu employees investigated in Post Office IT trial

Friday 20th November, 2020

Two former Fujitsu staff are under investigation by police for potential perjury in the trials of subpostmasters prosecuted for financial crimes.

Post Office workers blamed the system for creating big shortfalls in their accounts, discrepancies which led to some being made bankrupt and others prosecuted and sent to prison.

During the hearing this week in the Court of Appeal, a timetable was set for subpostmasters looking to have their criminal records quashed. This came after the case was referred last year to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

The Metropolitan Police moved the status of its investigation into evidence given by former Fujitsu staff in criminal trials from “assessment” to “criminal investigation”, Computer Weekly revealed earlier this month.

Judge Fraser told the DPP that documents disclosed as part of the Horizon trial “clearly show that Fujitsu knew about the existence of bugs, errors and defects in Horizon from a very early stage in the life of the system.”

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