British Foreign Minister Truss condemned the sentence of British citizens to death in the DPR, calling this court decision fictitious and illegitimate. The verdict was passed on June 9 by the Supreme Court of the DPR, in addition to the British, a Moroccan citizen was convicted alt=”London called the verdict on the British in the DNR a bogus justice” />
Saadoun Brahim, Aiden Eslin and Sean Pinner
The decision of the Supreme Court of the Donetsk People's Republic to sentence British citizens Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin to death is fictitious and has no legitimacy. This was announced by British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.
The British Minister categorically condemned the sentencing of British subjects. “They are prisoners of war. This is a fictitious judgment with absolutely no legitimacy,— she emphasized.
Earlier on June 9, the Supreme Court of the DPR sentenced Pinner and Aslin to death, as well as the Moroccan Saadoun Brahim, accused of participating in hostilities on the side of Ukraine as mercenaries.
The punishment was imposed on the accused “according to the totality of crimes.” The court noted that Pinner was wanted in the UK for participating in hostilities in Iraq and Syria.
The trial of them began on June 7, they were charged under Part 2 of Art. 34 of the Criminal Code of the DPR (“Commission of crimes by a group of persons”), Art. 323 of the Criminal Code of the DPR (“Forcible seizure of power or forcible retention of power”) and Art. 430 of the Criminal Code of the DPR (“Mercenarism”).
The defendants partially admitted their guilt.
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The investigation into Pinner's case was completed at the end of May. According to 48-year-old Pinner, he worked as an instructor in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He was taken prisoner in April along with soldiers from the 36th Separate Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Mariupol. According to the Zvezda TV channel, 27-year-old Aslin was among those who “voluntarily laid down their arms.” Marines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Mariupol.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Russia to show humanism towards the British captured in Ukraine. He added that Aslin had previously served in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and therefore cannot be considered a mercenary.
In early May, the Investigative Committee opened criminal cases in Russia against 75 mercenaries who participate in combat actions on the side of Ukraine. According to the committee, the mercenaries arrived from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Norway, Georgia and other countries.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on February 27 that Ukraine intends to involve foreign volunteers in the hostilities, and announced on the creation of the International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine.
In early June, a fighter of the Russian Guard, Sergeant Adam Bisultanov, died in the Donbass during a clash with foreign mercenaries, among whom was the son of a member of the British Parliament, Ben Grant.
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