Free Henry Stableford sign now

This petition is concerned with securing the release of Henry Stableford, an innocent British man arrested in Italy on groundless charges and facing extradition to Morocco.

Henry was one of four crew hired in 1997 by Crewseekers, a reputable Southampton UK based charter company, to deliver a boat to Morocco. The Duanas was formerly the HMS Cygnet, a Royal Navy patrol vessel once commanded by Tim Lawrence, the Princess Royal's husband, and sold by Her Majesty's Government through a broker to the new owners. Upon arrival in Agadir the boat was thoroughly searched and cleared by Moroccan customs and the crew returned home to the UK.

Two months later - unbeknown to the delivery crew, the brokers, and the original owners - the Duanas was used by a Colombian drug cartel with a Colombian crew to smuggle cocaine. They were caught off the Moroccan coast. No suggestion was ever made or evidence tendered that the UK crew or sellers of the boat knew that the owner was part of a cartel, or that they had any nexus whatsoever to the drugs later seized from the vessel.

Henry is the second crew member of the Duanas to befall this fate. John Packwood was arrested in Spain in October 2004, held in a Spanish prison for 8 months before being extradited to Morocco for 5 months, and then subsequently pardoned by the King of Morocco on the basis that there was no case against him. The injustice of John's case attracted the support of many celebrities and well known public figures, including George Clooney, Hugh Grant, Mark Knopfler, Andrew Turner MP and numerous MEPs, who campaigned for his release with his lawyers.

The friends of Henry Stableford are making a request for public support to ensure that another innocent man is returned home as soon as possible.

We also wish to be assured that the UK government and all relevant international bodies, including those in Italy and Morocco, will undertake to ensure that this injustice is corrected without delay.

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Latest Signatures

  • 18 January 2016650. Eric P
  • 08 January 2016649. Martin J
    I support this petition
  • 03 January 2016648. Gabrielle H
    i don't understand how the crew can be linked if they did not know what the boat was carrying
  • 26 December 2015647. Sophie H
    Get Henry home and make sure it happens to noone else!
  • 22 December 2015646. Brian B
    I support this petition
  • 15 December 2015645. Amy G
    I support this petition
  • 11 December 2015644. Trish R
    I support this petition
  • 03 December 2015643. Celia I
    Henry is a good man and must be freed this is an appauling injustice and the evil people at the root of the crime must be stopped from using the innocent
  • 02 December 2015642. Leonie M
    I support this petition
  • 30 November 2015641. Rose L
    I support this petition
  • 23 November 2015640. Kevin C
    I support this petition
  • 21 November 2015639. George G
    I support this petition
  • 08 November 2015638. Spike D
    I support this petition
  • 06 November 2015637. Alison L
    I support this petition
  • 02 November 2015636. Marelka E
    As a body of authority, perhaps you could do one thing right this year and return Henry to his Family.
  • 31 October 2015635. Thad B
    threres no case!
  • 21 October 2015634. Lance A
    The failure of the British Government to take action at the highest level directly with the Moroccan Government is a travesty and a disgrace. The FCO is well known for dragging its feet and hands off approach it's about time they woke up and took all acti
  • 15 October 2015633. P B
    I support this petition
  • 14 October 2015632. George S
    I support this petition
  • 14 October 2015631. David Andjaneb
    Where is Mr. Blair and our Government?
  • 10 October 2015630. Nichola C
    I support this petition
  • 05 October 2015629. Marie G
    I support this petition
  • 28 September 2015628. Sue S
    I support this petition
  • 27 September 2015627. Tabitha English
    I support this petition
  • 19 September 2015626. Robin J
    Clearly a terrible nonsense. The Government must resolve this immediately. From an old friend.
  • 17 September 2015625. Nick N
    I support this petition
  • 16 September 2015624. Katarina H
    I support this petition

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Jeffrey RothBy:
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Petition target:
Dr Kim Howells - UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office


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