Two captured British fighters have been “sentenced to death” by a court in the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), eastern Ukraine and they will most likely be shot dead.
A third man who is a Moroccan national Saaudun Brahim who was also fighting in Ukraine against Russian forces has also been sentenced to death.
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The supreme court of the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic, handed down the death sentences to the three prisoners of war, the RIS said.
The President of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, accused the captured fighters of “monstrous” crimes, by trying to seize power along with crimes against groups of people.
The Russian-owned news agency RIA Novosti said on Telegram, “The Supreme Court of the DPR passed the first sentence on mercenaries – the British Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner and the Moroccan Saadun Brahim were sentenced to death, RIA Novosti correspondent reports from the courtroom.”
British citizens Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, and Moroccan national Saadoun Brahim, all of whom fought on contract with Ukraine’s military, have been sentenced to death by the Kremlin’s puppet authorities in Donetsk in show trial that lasted mere days. They were not mercenaries. pic.twitter.com/QYGOEkHXHE
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) June 9, 2022
TASS, the Russian news agency said that the men intend to appeal the verdict handed down to them. Aiden Aslin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, were detained in April and will most likely face a firing squad.
The family of Aslin, said on Tuesday it was a “very sensitive and emotional time” and they were working with the Ukrainian government and UK Foreign Office for his release.
They said in a statement, “Aiden is a much-loved man and very much missed, and we hope that he will be released very soon.”
Tory Minister Robert Jenrick said the trial of the captured British fighters is a “completely outrageous breach of international law.”
Speaking first about Aslin, Jenrick said, “This is a British citizen, but who also holds Ukrainian nationality, is married to a Ukrainian, joined the Ukrainian armed forces in the normal way prior to Putin’s illegal invasion, and has been serving in the armed forces.
“He was taken prisoner by Russian forces and in accordance with international law and the Geneva Convention, he should be being held appropriately and returned to Ukraine at the earliest possible opportunity, possibly through a prisoner exchange.
“Instead of that Putin’s regime has chosen to put him and another British national, Shaun Pinner, on trial on trumped-up charges, no evidence whatsoever.
“This is, I’m afraid, a completely outrageous breach of international law and it should be condemned.”