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Post Office experts knew about IT glitch 21 years ago: Experts were aware of issues since 1999

Added 11-19-20 04:36:03am EST - “Mr Justice Fraser has told the Director of Public Prosecutions that Fujitsu, which ran the Horizon system on behalf of the Post Office, knew about glitches in it more than 20 years ago.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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The Post Office’s computer experts knew about problems in its IT system in 1999 – 15 years before the company stopped prosecuting postmasters.

Mr Justice Fraser has told the Director of Public Prosecutions that Fujitsu, which ran the Horizon system on behalf of the Post Office, knew about glitches in it more than 20 years ago, but failed to disclose them in criminal and civil trials.

The Metropolitan Police has launched a criminal investigation into claims Fujitsu’s IT experts failed to reveal problems with the system in court that could have led to postmasters being acquitted.

Yesterday it emerged that Gareth Jenkins, 68, and Anne Chambers, 63, are the two specialists at the heart of the investigation. Both are now retired. Police will examine whether they misled trials when acting as expert witnesses, which could result in charges of perjury, the Court of Appeal heard yesterday.

Between 1999 and 2015, dozens of postmasters were wrongly convicted of stealing from their own branches after unexplained shortfalls were found in their accounts. Many said the ‘missing’ money was a result of glitches in the IT system, but their pleas were ignored.

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