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Two Britons and a Moroccan facing death penalty in Donetsk prepare appeal

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In the ongoing war, two Britons and a Moroccan have been captured while fighting for Ukraine against Russia. They were sentenced to death by a court in the self-proclaimed breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). Now they are preparing to appeal, Russian news agency TASS reported on Thursday (June 23rd), citing one of their lawyers.

The court found Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner – and Moroccan Brahim Saadoun guilty of “mercenary activities” seeking to overthrow the republic. News agencies noted that the DPR court is armed and financially supported by Russia.

“My colleagues and I are currently preparing the full text of an appeal against conviction in the interests of our defendants,” Pinner’s lawyer Yulia Tserkovnikova was quoted by TASS as saying.

“There is no doubt that if the appeal is dismissed and the conviction becomes effective, an application for clemency will be filed as it is an inherent right of the defendants, under the laws of the People’s Republic of Donetsk,” she added.

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According to the families of Aslin and Pinner, the two men have lived in the country since 2018. On Friday, the United Nations expressed concern about death sentences imposed on prisoners by pro-Russian rebels.

Earlier, Denis Pushilin, who is the head of Ukraine’s Russia-backed region of Donetsk, said he saw no “grounds and preconditions” for pardoning two British nationals who were sentenced to death last week. They were captured while fighting for Ukraine against Russia.

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