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Jas Parmar expresses joy as the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Postmasters wrongly convicted of fraud, false accounting and theft

May 3, 2021 2:21 PM
Originally published by Dave Hodgson - Mayor of Bedford Borough

Jas Parmar Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Bedfordshire 2021 (NBLD)Local Postmaster Jas Parmar has expressed joy after the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Postmasters who were wrongly convicted of fraud, false accounting and theft.

Between 2000 and 2014, the Post Office prosecuted 736 sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses - an average of one a week - based on information from a recently installed computer system called Horizon.

Some went to prison following convictions for false accounting and theft, many were financially ruined and have described being shunned by their communities. Some have since died.

After 20 years, campaigners won a legal battle to have their cases reconsidered, after claiming that the computer system was flawed.

Jas Parmar said "It was a travesty of justice where decent, law-abiding sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses were convicted because they could not defend themselves against the Post Office. Although their convictions have been quashed, the impact it has had on their financial wellbeing, dignity and respect in the community can never be measured".