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Sub-postmasters are innocent now fight for justice for all

The state can be brought to justice for more of its crimes
Issue 2887
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Post workers were denied justice (Picture: Wikicommons)

If some miscarriages of justice can be taken seriously, it means they all can. The Tories said this week they would look to speed up justice for victims of the Post Office scandal.

The Home Office prosecuted 736 sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses for fraud and theft over 16 years because of faulty software. 

Post Office minister Kevin Hollinrake told MPs that Fujitsu, the company behind the software, should be “held accountable including making payments”. Hollinrake called the scandal “one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in our history”. 

But the Post Office scandal victims are far from the first to have suffered at the hands of the state. If compensation can be made available for Post Office victims, then it should be given to all those who have been mistreated.

Any person locked up under fake terrorism charges, as well as black, Muslim and Irish victims of state and police violence, deserve their justice.  And so do those who have been failed by the justice system, from the victims of Grenfell Tower to the contaminated blood scandal, Hillsborough, undercover policing and Bloody Sunday. 

The road to justice and then to compensation is a purposefully long and difficult one. 

It can’t be left to the state to pick and choose when it will admit it did something wrong and promise to fast-track only some victims to justice.

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