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UK Post Office chairman resigns after Horizon scandal


London, Jan 27 (EFECOM).- The president of the British state company Post Office, which manages the country’s postal offices, Henry Staunton, has resigned from his position at the request of the Government after the scandal caused by the so-called ‘Horizon case’. .

The effects of what has been described as the biggest miscarriage of justice in the history of the United Kingdom do not cease after the broadcast at the beginning of the year of the miniseries ‘Mr Bates vs the Post Office’ on the ITV channel.

More than 700 post office managers across the country were accused – and in some cases even imprisoned or bankrupted – by the Post Office of having stolen or falsified their accounts due to a problem in the Horizon accounting software, from the Japanese company Fujitsu.

Now, Staunton will leave his position after a telephone conversation this Saturday with the Minister of Business, Kemi Badenoch, according to his department.

Both agreed to Staunton’s departure “by mutual agreement” and the appointment of an interim replacement within a short period of time.

Staunton took up the role in December 2022, having led other large companies, most recently retail chain WH Smith, for nine years.

Following the broadcast of the series, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that all those accused will be immediately exonerated and will receive compensation before the end of the year.

“An interim (head) will be appointed shortly and a selection process for a new president will be opened in due course, in accordance with the Governance Code for public appointments,” a Government spokesperson told British media.

In recent months, tensions between the Executive and Staunton had escalated, although internal sources in the company separated the latter’s departure from the commotion caused by the series, according to the Sky News news channel. EFECOM

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