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Scottish sub-postmasters may have been victims of miscarriage of justice

(Posted on 11/11/22)

Scottish sub-postmasters may have been victims of miscarriage of justice

The convictions of six former sub-postmasters for embezzlement and fraud may be miscarriages of justice, a Scottish review has found.

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) considered the cases after a scandal over the Post Office's faulty IT system, Horizon.

 The following cases are being referred to the High Court of Justiciary for determination:

• Aleid Kloosterhuis

• Anne Quarm on behalf of William Quarm (deceased)

• Susan Sinclair

• Colin Smith

• Judith Smith

• Robert Thomson

Announcing the decision on 9 Nov, the Chairman of the Commission, Bill Matthews, said:

“The Commission plays an integral part in the criminal justice system in Scotland and is committed to addressing potential miscarriages of justice. Our function is to examine the grounds of review and to decide whether any of them meet our statutory test for a miscarriage.

The cases we have referred today to the High Court are exceptional in the Commission’s caseload as each one is founded upon the operation of the Post Office’s computer system, Horizon, and the conduct of Post Office Ltd.

We have issued detailed statements of reasons which address all of the relevant grounds. It is for the High Court to decide whether to quash the convictions of the individuals concerned.”

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