Submitted by Phyl Griffiths on Wednesday 19th August 2020
Published on Thursday 3rd September 2020
Current status: Closed
Closed: Wednesday 3rd March 2021
Request a Monarch's pardon for Dic Penderyn.
In 1831, an innocent young man was convicted and hanged, despite overwhelming doubt surrounding the case against him. We call upon the government to put right a wrong that has existed for 189 years.
"O Arglwydd, dyma gamwedd." (O Lord, this is injustice.) Were the final words of Dic Penderyn, before being executed for a crime he didn't commit, the stabbing and wounding a soldier in the skirmishes between the starving workers of Merthyr Tudful and armed soldiers sent in to quell the Merthyr Rising of 1831. A key witness later admitted to lying under oath then the real assailant confessed to the crime on his death bed. 189 yrs on, the original injustice is perpetuated by the lack of a pardon.
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