Its official steering instructed investigators to group suspects based mostly on their racial options
Investigators probing alleged ‘false accounting’ in Put up Workplace have been requested to classify suspects in keeping with their racial backgrounds, a media report mentioned.
Lots of of sub-postmasters have been wrongly subjected to investigation for ‘fraud’ based mostly on info from the Horizon laptop system which was later discovered to be defective.
Greater than 700 department managers have been prosecuted between 1999 and 2015 and a few of them have been imprisoned in what is named “essentially the most widespread miscarriage of justice in UK historical past”.
A number of convictions have since been overturned.
The steering for the investigation required the investigators to present sub-postmasters below suspicion a quantity based mostly on their racial options, the BBC reported, citing inner paperwork.
The numbered classes on the doc included ‘Chinese language/Japanese varieties’, ‘Darkish Skinned European Sorts’ and ‘Negroid Sorts’, the report mentioned.
Adeep Sethi, whose mother and father have been victims of the pc system put in within the Put up Workplace branches they ran close to Romford in Essex, mentioned he was “not shocked” by the racist language used within the investigation.
“This was from a Freedom of Info request and never the Put up Workplace popping out and saying ‘we’ve tousled’ – it was solely as a result of somebody dug into it,” Sethi instructed BBC Radio 4.
Put up Workplace mentioned it “doesn’t tolerate racism in any form or type.”
Its spokesperson mentioned, “The language used on this historic doc is totally abhorrent and condemned by in the present day’s Put up Workplace. We absolutely help investigations into Put up Workplace’s previous wrongdoings and consider the Horizon IT Inquiry will assist guarantee in the present day’s Put up Workplace has the arrogance of its postmasters and the communities it helps.”