Brits Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner have been sentenced to death by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) after being accused of acting as mercenaries for Ukraine. However, their families insist that they are prisoners of war
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The family of a British fighter captured in Ukraine is calling on pro-Russian forces to “treat him with respect” after he was sentenced to death.
Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner were captured fighting Kremlin troops in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.
Harrowing footage showed the moment the couple were sentenced to death by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) today.
Moroccan national Saaudun Brahim was also sentenced to death, with all three men accused of acting as mercenaries by the pro-Russian rebel state in eastern Ukraine.
However, Mr Aslin and Mr Pinner’s families insisted that they were prisoners of war and deserved to be treated as such.
Secretary of State Lizz Truss called the death sentence a “bogus sentence devoid of any legitimacy.”
Mr Pinner stared at the floor as the death sentence was announced while Mr Aslin and Mr Brahim looked around the courtroom.
It is known that Mr Aslin hopes his cooperation with the inquiry will lead to clemency.
But he conceded before the latest hearing that a video he made could be his last.
He made it clear that he knew the death penalty was at stake.
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Russian media outlet RIA Novosti reported that the three are facing a firing squad.
Judge Alexander Nikulin said: “The verdict may be appealed to the Supreme Court of the DPR within one month from the announcement of the verdict by the Appeals Chamber.”
There is also a right to pardon, he said.
The Kremlin is expected to demand that Britain appeal directly to rebel authorities in Donetsk – which Britain refuses to recognise.
Russia itself does not carry out the death penalty in court cases.
Not even Ukraine – on whose territory the DPR exists.
Russia has already tried to embarrass Britain into recognizing the DPR, and state television has claimed the death penalty will pose serious problems for Boris Johnson.
The DPR political leader made it clear that the trial was a sham trial, saying before the trial that “the crimes they have committed” are “outrageous” and pointing out that no verdict other than a guilty verdict is possible.
“The evidence base is fully assembled,” he said.
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“The crimes they have committed are outrageous.”
Russian state television demanded not to forgive them and send them home.
Mr Aslin’s mother, Ang Wood, is understood to have learned of the draconian sentence while watching the TV news at the family home in Newark, Notts.
The soldier’s family said: “We heard the news from Donetsk and we need some time to process it all.
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“We love Aiden with all our hearts. As members of the Ukrainian armed forces, he and Shaun should be treated with the same respect as any other prisoner of war.
“They are not mercenaries and have never been.
“We hope this sentence is overturned and urge the UK and Ukrainian governments to do everything in their power to ensure that they return to us safely and soon.”
“We can only imagine what they are going through right now.
“This is a very worrying development and we ask that our privacy be respected at this time.”
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