Search

Russia frees Greenpeace activist from Brent held on piracy charges

15:57 30 December 2013

Greenpeace activist Frank Hewetson has been granted amnesty

Greenpeace activist Frank Hewetson has been granted amnesty

© Dmitri Sharomov / Greenpeace

A Greenpeace activist from Brent who was detained in Russia for almost three months under piracy charges has been freed.

Frank Hewetson, of Chevening Road, Queen’s Park, was one of the ‘Artic 30’ crew who were apprehended at gunpoint by Russian security forces following an anti-drilling demonstration against an offshore oil rig.

New amnesty laws unanimously backed the State Duma, allowed investigators to drop charges brought against the 30 crew member of the Arctic Sunrise Greenpeace ship in mid December.

The bill also resulted in the release of two jailed members of Pussy Riot who were caged for an anti-Putin protest.

The campaign to free the Arctic 30 has seen 860 protests in 46 countries and in more than 150 cities worldwide, while more than 2.6 million people wrote to Russian embassies according to Greenpeace.

Mr Hewetson is said to be travelling to an unspecified country.

Five other UK Greenpeace activists were welcomed home by relieved family and friend.

On his release, Peter Willcox who captained the Greenpeace ship, said: “I might soon be going home to my family, but I should never have been charged and jailed in the first place.

“Now it’s nearly over and we may soon be truly free, but there’s no amnesty for the Arctic.

“We may soon be home, but the Arctic remains a fragile global treasure under assault by oil companies and the rising temperatures they’re driving.

“We went there to protest against this madness.

“We were never the criminals here.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest News Stories

13 minutes ago
Leopold School is in Hawkshead Road (Pic credit: Google Streetview)

A popular primary school in Harlesden that tackled a shortage of places by expanding its classrooms to a building in Neasden is proposing to make the arrangement permanent.

The event was organised to appreciate the temple's neighbours and older residents in the borough

A temple in Neasden hosted two special events to thank its neighbours for their support as part of its 20th birthday celebrations.

Panthers is in Ealing Road (Pic credit: Adam Thomas)

A nightclub in Alperton has won its bid to keep its licence despite damning CCTV footage that captured children as young as TWO partying on the dance floor with adults.

Yesterday, 16:15
Residents fear the water filled whole has exposed them to sewage  (Pic credit: Nathalie Raffray)

Kingsbury residents who were left without water for almost 12 hours following a burst pipe and a pavement collapse yesterday now fear they may be exposed to raw sewage.

Most read news

Competitions

The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Brent & Kilburn Times e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder