Post Office I.T. provider faces prosecution after judge’s ‘grave concerns’ about evidence

December 2019

A High Court judge has passed evidence from the marathon Post Office litigation to the director of public prosecutions, saying he has ‘very grave concerns about the veracity of evidence’ given by the Post Office’s IT contractor.

Mr Justice Fraser expressed his ‘very grave concerns’ about the evidence given by employees of Fujitsu, the Japanese-headquartered provider of IT products and services. Such evidence had been given in the Crown court, in actions brought by the Post Office, as well as the High Court, he said. 

As a result, Justice Fraser  said he had sent all evidence to the director of public prosecutions so he could decide whether it should be sent to the relevant authorities. He said: ‘It is a matter for the DPP what, if anything, he does with this referral’.

‘I wish to make it clear that the specific submission relates to the evidence of Fujitsu employees,’ he added.

Last week it was announced that the epic Bates v Post Office group litigation, which has dragged on for over three years, had been settled, and the Post Office admitted ‘we got things wrong in our dealings with a number of postmasters’. The settlement is £57.75m.   

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