Newport MPs to meet minister over jailed activist case
1:02pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Gwent news
NEWPORT’S two MPs are due to meet with a UK Government minister today over the case of Anthony Perrett who is in jail in Russia.
A city AM has also written to Wales’ first minister Carwyn Jones calling for him to appeal for the release of the Newport green activist.
Mr Perrett was one of 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists held after Russian security services stormed their ship, the Arctic Sunrise. He has been imprisoned and charged with piracy.
Members of the Arctic Sunrise’s crew had attempted to board the Prirazlomnaya platform to prevent it drilling.
Newport West MP Paul Flynn and Newport East MP Jessica Morden, along with other MPs, will meet foreign office minister David Lidington to discuss the issue.
Mr Flynn said he aimed to find out “what they are doing to defend British subjects who are being treated in a grossly unfair way disproportionate to any offence.”
John Griffiths, AM for Newport East and Welsh Government minister for culture and sport, wrote to Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones to appeal for Mr Perrett’s release.
He said: “We need to get a strong campaign as possible for his release and the release of the other Greenpeace activists.”
Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo has offered to move to Russia and act as a guarantor for the activists if they are released on bail.
He has written to President Putin asking for a meeting.
Mr Perrett, a former Caldicot Town Council councillor, is a tree surgeon and director of a community interest company that encourages the use of renewable energy.
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