Anthony Perrett's family struggling to cope, says Newport MP
1:29pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
Anthony Perret at the Leninsky District Court of Murmansk Greenpeace International activist Anthony Perret (from the United Kingdom), at the Leninsky District Court Of Murmansk. A further eight Greenpeace International activists have been detained for two
THE family of a city activist facing hooliganism charges in Russia are struggling to cope with is detention, a Newport MP hasa said.
Jessica Morden spoke at a Parliamentary debate on the jailed Greenpeace activists, telling MPs that tree surgeon Anthony Perrett’s partner has been unable to send him personal items.
Meanwhile her colleague Paul Flynn has met the Russian ambassador over the case.
It emerged on Wednesday night that charges of piracy against Mr Perrett and other Greenpeace activists had been swapped with charges of hooliganism, which carry a maximum sentence of seven years.
Newport East MP Ms Morden told the debate of the stress that has been placed on Mr Perrett’s family and his partner, Zaharah Ally, “who have to watch and wait while events in Russia unfold.”
“They are struggling to cope with the impact of his detention on their lives at home in Newport. Zaharah is obviously unable to talk to Anthony. She is unsure about how the Russian legal process works and how long it will take, and about when this trauma will end,” she said.
Newport West MP Mr Flynn said ambassador Alexander Yakovenko had told him it was a mistake to believe that Putin makes every decision and that there is an independent judiciary in Russia.
In turn, Mr Flynn told of the ambassador about Newport's links with the Merchant Navy "and their heroic sacrifice especially in the convoys to Murmansk", according to his Twitter feed.
Mr Flynn told the debate: "Can we build on the solidarity and comradeship that existed during the war to ensure that the Russians respond generously now?”
Foreign office minister David Lidington told the Commons debate that it was the UK Government's priority "to try to get the best possible outcome for the British nationals who have been detained."
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