Donbass republic reveals method of execution of foreign fighters — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Convicted mercenaries will be shot if their appeals are not granted, says DPR chief Denis Pushilin

Three convicted foreign volunteers who fought for Ukraine and were captured in Donbass will be executed by firing squad if their appeals are not upheld by the court, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said on Wednesday. ), Denis Pushilin.

On June 9, the Republic’s Supreme Court sentenced three foreign fighters to death – two Britons and a Moroccan – finding them guilty of being mercenaries and participating in “Ukraine’s Armed Aggressionattempting to overthrow the DPR government. Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner and Brahim Saaudun appealed the verdict.

All foreigners have appealed; we are awaiting the court hearing. If the court finds that a sanction measure is appropriate, the cases will be transferred to the executive service for the execution of the sentence. She is executed by firing squadsaid Pushilin.

Pushilin’s remarks were made on Soloviev.Live, the RuTube channel of a leading journalist, the day after the moratorium on executions in the DPR was officially lifted.

Lawmakers explained their decision to lift the moratorium, saying capital punishment serves “as a deterrent to the commission of particularly heinous crimes, in particular crimes against the peace and security of mankind”.

The fighters surrendered to Russian and DPR forces in or near Mariupol, a port city the DPR claims as part of its sovereign territory. British authorities insisted that its citizens be treated as prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions. However, Britain is not officially at war with the DPR and does not recognize the republic as an independent state.

Lawyers for the three men filed suit, asking the court to reduce the sentence. The final appeal, by Aslin’s defense, was filed July 4. The court confirmed receipt of the complaints and said they would be considered within two months from the date the documents were sent.

Donetsk officials view these men as mercenaries, who do not enjoy the same privileges as regular fighters under international law.

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