Two Briton’s Sentenced to Death by Separatist Russian Court

Two British men and a Moroccan man have seen a death sentence imposed on them after they were caught whilst fighting for Ukraine by a Russian Separatist Court in Donetsk

Former Royal Anglian soldier Shaun Pinner, 48, and Nottinghamshire’s Aiden Aslin, 28, were filmed being brought before what is said to be a court in territory held by pro-Russian rebels.

Aiden Aslin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, were arrested in April and were being prosecuted in a court in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.

The British males, as well as Moroccan citizen Brahim Saadoun, who was purportedly a student studying in Kyiv before being captured in April, have been accused of working for the Ukrainian army as mercenaries.

According to Russian news outlet Tass, the three men have stated that they will appeal the judgement. Mr. Aslin and Mr. Pinner were both members of regular Ukrainian military forces in Mariupol when they were accused of seizing control forcibly and engaging in terrorist actions. According to the news agency, Mr Pinner and Mr Saadoun pleaded guilty to conduct aiming at the violent seizure of power.

Their involvement with a third British man, Andrew Hill, who was apprehended near Mykolaiv, is not known and unclear presently

Mr. Aslin, Mr. Pinner, and Mr. Saadoun were shown in a courtroom cage with white bars in a video released by news agency RIA. Mr. Aslin looked to be pleading guilty to a lesser crime involving firearms and explosives in the video.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the United Kingdom condemned the “political exploitation” of prisoners of war for a political purpose .

“They are entitled to combatant immunity and should not be prosecuted for participating in hostilities,” a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The Moroccan foreign ministry had no immediate reaction on Mr Saadoun’s situation.
The trial is being held in the DPR, one of two Moscow-backed separatist entities in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region.
Vladimir Putin recognised the two entities in Donbas as independent republics three days before Russia launched its invasion on February 24, claiming that the conflict was being waged to “liberate” the region.

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