Fujitsu acknowledges that it has a “moral obligation” to pay Post Office victims’ damages.

The CEO of Fujitsu Europe has acknowledged that the company has a “moral obligation” to pay compensation to sub-postmasters who were falsely convicted due to defective IT software. According to Paul Patterson, Fujitsu provided the Post Office with evidence that was utilized in the prosecution of blameless managers. He continued by saying that the Post Office was aware of “bugs and errors” in its Horizon accounting software from the beginning. Takahito Tokita, the worldwide chief executive of Fujitsu, also expressed regret.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mr. Tokita made his first public remarks on the controversy to the BBC, saying, “This is a big issue, which Fujitsu takes very seriously.” He responded, “Yes, of course,” when asked if he would apologize. For the effect on the postmasters’ and their families’ lives, Fujitsu has expressed regret.” We had already asked Mr. Tokita for six interviews; the most recent one was last week.

Since money seemed to be missing from their branches, over 900 sub-postmasters and postmistresses were tried for theft and false accounting between 1999 and 2015. However, the prosecutions were based on evidence from malfunctioning Horizon software. Numerous sub-postmasters suffered financial ruin and some were unfairly sent to prison. Since then, a few have passed away. Though it has been called the most pervasive miscarriage of justice in British history, thousands of individuals are still waiting for compensation payouts after more than 20 years, and only 93 convictions have been reversed to yet. Scotland’s top law official expressed regret to the victims on Tuesday.

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