British and Moroccan who fought on the side of Ukraine in the war were captured by pro-Russian separatists at the end of May. The authorities of the so-called Donetsk Republic Ludowa, they staged a trial, and the court sentenced them on Thursday The death penalty – He says Reuters.
The two convicted are Sean Penner and Aiden Aslin and Moroccan citizen Ibrahim Saadoun. The court found them guilty of “fighting as mercenaries and committing acts aimed at seizing power and overthrowing the constitutional order of the Donetsk People’s Republic.”
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The convicts referred to the Geneva Convention. They served in Mariupol
During the trial, the men were held in a cage with their faces covered and badges on their hands bearing the pro-Russian “Z” symbol, as evidenced by a courtroom video published by the RIA Novosti news agency.
They testified that they served in regular military units in Mariupol and were therefore entitled to protection as prisoners of war under the Geneva Convention.
Sean Benner lived in Ukraine for several years and fought in the country’s regular armed forces. Andrew Hill, in turn, likely joined the Foreign Legion after the Russian invasion began. According to the BBC, Saadoun Ibrahim may have studied in Kyiv before the war.
In turn, the Russian “Kommersant” confirmed that the Moroccan was to sign a three-year contract with the Ukrainian armed forces in December 2021 and worked as a sailor in the 36th separate naval brigade. Andrew Hill was supposed to say he was a “frontline” fighter. However, it is not known to what extent this message is true. The men were captured while defending Mariupol.
Truss: An unjustified fictitious judgment
“I absolutely condemn the Russian lawyers’ convictions of Aiden Aslin and Sean Boehner in eastern Ukraine. They are POWs. This is a fictitious ruling with absolutely no justification,” Secretary of State Liz Truss wrote on Twitter.
official speaker the first show Boris Johnson stated that under the Geneva Convention, prisoners of war enjoy immunity and cannot be prosecuted for participation in hostilities.
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