All three are accused of acting as “mercenaries” on the side of Volodymyr Zelensky’s government, something they deny.
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The Supreme Court of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic sentenced to death British prisoners on this Thursday sean pinner You Aiden Aslin and moroccan brahim sadun, alleged mercenaries of the Ukrainian military, as reported by the local news agency DAN. A spokesperson for the court said, “In delivering its judgment, the court was guided not only by the prescribed norms and rules, but also by the unshakable principle of justice.”
According to the DAN agency, the convicts have a month to appeal against the sentence, which will be used by the three fighters. Three prisoners of war admitted this Wednesday that they acted under Article 323 of the Penal Code with the aim of violent seizure of power.
In times of peace, the said article carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years, but in case of war the defendant may be sentenced to death in accordance with the laws of Donetsk. None of the three foreigners admitted to participating as mercenaries. In military actions in Ukraine, in accordance with Article 430.
This Thursday, however, the court reported that the three defendants have pleaded guilty to all charges filed against them, including working as mercenaries. donbs and carrying out terrorist activities as specified by DAN.
Aslin, 28, who had been part of the Ukrainian military since 2018, was captured by pro-Russian militias in Mariupol in April.
Shaun Pinner, 48, was also captured as a soldier in the Ukrainian army after several years during the Russian siege of the same city in the Donetsk region.
In mid-April, Aslin and Pinner addressed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a message broadcast on Russian television, Exchanged for a pro-Russian politician close to the Kremlin Viktor MedvedchukArrested for high treason.
Both the soldiers’ families and the British government have demanded that Russian officers treat them with respect in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.
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