The History of Leith

November 1, 2008

Britain urged to pardon executed witches

LONDON – Campaigners urged British authorities Friday to grant posthumous pardons to hundreds of men and women executed as witches in centuries past.

To coincide with Halloween, when the spirits of the dead are believed to rise again to torment the living, they presented a petition to Justice Minister Jack Straw lamenting that superstition had led to “legalized murder.”

Over 400 people were executed in England for alleged witchcraft, and more than 2,000 in Scotland, before the 1735 Witchcraft Act put an end to the trials, they said. for more click here

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