Two British citizens and one Moroccan citizen partially pleaded guilty to charges of mercenarism. In wartime conditions, they may face the death penalty
Aiden Eslin, Sean Pinner and Saadoun Brahim
Two British citizens and one Moroccan citizen, who participated in the hostilities on the side of the Ukrainian army, partially pleaded guilty to court of the Donetsk People's Republic (DNR). This is reported by a TASS correspondent.
The British Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin, as well as the Moroccan Saadoun Brahim, were charged under Part 2 of Art. 34 of the Criminal Code of the DPR (“Commission of crimes by a group of persons”), art. 323 of the Criminal Code of the DPR (“Forcible seizure of power or forcible retention of power”) and art. 430 of the Criminal Code of the DPR (“Mercenary”), the agency specifies. In the DPR, such crimes are punishable under wartime conditions.
The investigation into the case against Sean Pinner and Andrew Hill was completed at the end of May. According to 48-year-old Pinner, he worked as an instructor in the ranks of the armed forces of Ukraine. The Briton was captured in April along with soldiers from the 36th Separate Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Mariupol. According to the TV channel Zvezda, 27-year-old Eslin was among the “voluntarily laid down their arms” Marines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Mariupol.
Earlier, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Russia to show humanism to the British captured in Ukraine. Johnson said that London discourages British citizens from visiting Ukraine and taking part in the armed conflict. He noted that Eslin had previously served in the armed forces of Ukraine, and therefore cannot be considered a mercenary.
On May 27, the head of the department for the investigation of crimes against the peace and security of mankind of the Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General's Office of the DPR, Viktor Gavrilov, said that in wartime conditions, a group of foreign mercenaries from Great Britain and Morocco could be subject to the death penalty. The British authorities promised to appeal the possible death sentence to Pinner and Eslin.
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Russia conducts a military operation in Ukraine from 24 February. President Vladimir Putin called its goals the protection of the population of Donbass from “genocide”, as well as the demilitarization and “denazification” of the Donbass. neighboring state. The fact that Ukraine intends to involve foreign volunteers in the hostilities was announced on February 27 by President Volodymyr Zelensky. Then he announced the creation of an international legion of territorial defense of Ukraine.
By the beginning of May, the Investigative Committee of Russia opened criminal cases against 75 mercenaries participating in the battles on the side of Ukraine. According to investigators, they came from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Norway, Georgia and other countries. The cases were initiated based on the testimony of Ukrainian prisoners of war who are in Russia.
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