Two British and one Moroccan man sentenced to death in ‘show trial’ in Russian-occupied Ukraine
The UK Government slammed the court’s decision as a ‘sham judgment’
Two British men and a Moroccan who were captured while fighting for Ukraine were sentenced to death on Thursday by a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), one of Russia’s proxies in eastern Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported.
The court found the three men – Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner and Moroccan Brahim Saadoun – guilty of “mercenary activities and committing actions aimed at seizing power and overthrowing the constitutional order of the DPR”, the Interfax news agency quoted a court official as saying.
The three men were captured while fighting against Russia and Russian-backed forces after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Their lawyer said they would appeal against the decision.
The UK Government slammed the court’s decision as a “sham judgment.”
“I utterly condemn the sentencing of Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner held by Russian proxies in eastern Ukraine,” Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Twitter.
They are prisoners of war. This is a sham judgment with absolutely no legitimacy.
I utterly condemn the sentencing of Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner held by Russian proxies in eastern Ukraine.