UK passes bill to exonerate, compensate postal workers

Britain's Parliament has passed a bill to exonerate and compensate all Post Office workers wrongly convicted due to a flawed accounting system.

The software was provided by a subsidiary of Japanese firm Fujitsu.

Lawmakers passed the bill late Thursday, with royal assent expected Friday.

More than 900 post office managers and other employees were wrongly prosecuted between 1999 and 2015 after the faulty software showed money had gone missing.

A British court has already exonerated more than 100 of those who had been prosecuted after recognizing that the software was defective in 2019.

The new bill will clear the rest, and entitle the victims to 600,000 pounds, or about 764,000 dollars, in compensation.

Post Office branch managers who were not found guilty but suffered losses or experienced other trouble will receive 75,000 pounds, or 95,500 dollars.

In January, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak described the scandal as one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in the country's history.