A British fighter who was captured by Russian troops is possibly facing the “death penalty” by a firing squad for being a “mercenary” and the “promotion of training in terrorist activities” in Ukraine.
Aiden Aslin is being held as a prisoner of war by the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and he is set to face his “first hearing” in court.
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Aslin, 28, who is a British citizen was fighting in the besieged city of Mariupol when he was captured and the DPR prosecutor general’s office has warned he is facing “the death penalty.”
Russia’s state-owned RIA news agency reported that the investigation has found that Aslin had took part in “the armed aggression of Ukraine to forcibly seize power in the republic for a reward.
“The criminal case was sent to court, the first hearing will be held soon.”
The announcement from the DPR prosecutor general’s office, which was posted on Telegram, said Aslin has been charged with four separate offences.
The DPR have accused the British fighter of committing a crime as part of a criminal group, forcible seizure of power or forcible retention of power, being a mercenary and the promotion of training in terrorist activities.
The statement said, “Taking into account wartime, on the basis of the provisions of the current main law, according to the results of the trial, the mercenary may be assigned an exceptional measure of punishment – the death penalty.”
Also captured by Russian troops are Andrew Hill, 35 and Shaun Pinner, 48 and if they are convicted, the maximum penalty is execution which would be by a firing squad as they conducted “combat operations” against Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.