Newport MP Flynn raises case of jailed eco-activist
1:02pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
A NEWPORT MP has raised the case of a city man who has been detained in Russia for two months without charge with a European human rights watchdog.
Paul Flynn, MP for Newport West and who has been in Strasbourg, France, raised his concerns about the case of Anthony Perrett with the commissioner for human rights for the Council of Europe Nils Muiznieks when he met him late on Monday.
The commissioner has himself taken a critical stance of the decision to lock up 30 activists following a protest at an oil platform in the Arctic.
Mr Muiznieks has said that the Russian court’s decision to remand activists in custody pending investigations “clearly raises human rights concerns as pre-trail detention should be used only in exceptional circumstances and only when other alternatives... cannot be applied.”
He argued that the Russian authorities must handle the matter in compliance with previous cases at the European Court of Human Rights “which sets standards of protection of the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.”
Last Sunday Mr Perrett was remanded in custody on suspicion of piracy until November 24, pending an investigation. A total of 30 Greenpeace activists were held when armed Russian officials boarded their vessel, the Arctic Sunrise.
Zaharah Ally, Mr Perrett’s partner, told the Argus she was in complete shock when he and the rest of the crew were detained.
She said it seemed “totally unacceptable and unfair that a peaceful protest can end in this manner with such a heavy-handed response.”
Both Mr Flynn and Newport East MP Jessica Morden are giving their support and are contacting Greenpeace to see how they can help.
Mr Perrett, a former Caldicot Town Council councillor, is a tree surgeon.
Greenpeace is campaigning against attempts by companies to drill for oil in the waters of the Arctic.
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