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Two British citizens Aiden Aslin, left, and Shaun Pinner, right, and Moroccan Saaudun Brahim, center, sit behind bars in a courtroom in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on 9 June. (AP)

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has urged Russia to ensure that the death sentence imposed on two British nationals by a pro-Russian court in the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) is not carried out .

The ECHR announced on Thursday that it had decided to grant interim measures in the cases of Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, calling on Russia to guarantee “appropriate conditions of their detention” and to provide them with all the necessary medical assistance.

“The European Court of Human Rights has decided to grant interim measures in Pinner v. Russia and Ukraine and Aslin v. Russia and Ukraine (applications nos. 31217/22 and 31233/22) concerning two British nationals who are members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” the ECHR said in a press release.

Both nationals had surrendered to Russian forces and have since been sentenced to death.

“The Court indicated in particular to the Government of the Russian Federation, under Rule 39 (interim measures) of the Rules of Court, that it should ensure that the death sentence imposed on the applicants is not executed,” added the ECHR.

The ECHR can grant interim measures in cases where the court finds that there is an “imminent risk of irreparable harm”. Such measures are adopted only on an “exceptional” basis, according to the court.

Russia remains a party to the European Convention on Human Rights until September 16, the Council of Europe said. Its composition gives jurisdiction to the court in cases involving the Russian Federation.

The court also said on Thursday that the issue of jurisdiction in the so-called DPR is “actively” being considered.

Thursday’s decision followed a request from Pinner and Aslin on Monday.

The two British citizens and Moroccan national Brahim Saadoune were sentenced to death on June 9, accused of being “mercenaries” for Ukraine, according to Russian media RIA Novosti.

The ECHR granted interim measures in the Saadoune case on June 16.


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