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Legal chief continues to present evidence amid calls for his resignation

A Post Office legal chief will continue to testify in the inquiry this morning as he faces calls to be sacked.

On Thursday the inquiry heard that Rodric Williams, who heads the team dealing with subpostmaster appeals and compensation, was able to quit fellow subpostmasters who were unhappy with Horizon.

Mr Williams, then a trial lawyer for the Post Office, told colleagues in the organisation’s press team: “We don’t need to investigate Horizon – it’s the system we offer to our agents and require them to use. If agents don’t like it, they can choose not to provide services for us.”

Lee Castleton, who went bankrupt after being prosecuted in the civil court over an alleged £25,000 deficit in his accounts, said Williams should not be allowed to keep his job.

Meanwhile, Seema Misra, whose conviction was overturned in 2021 but is still awaiting compensation, said: “He has clearly said disparaging things about sub-postmasters.”

A Post Office spokesperson said: “We do not comment on individuals, but it is vital that those who give evidence at the inquiry do so fully and truthfully so that Sir Wyn Williams and his team gather all the information they need .”

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