Moroccan, Briton appeal death sentences in separatist-ruled eastern Ukraine

LONDON – A Moroccan fighter and a British fighter sentenced to death by a Russian-backed separatist court in eastern Ukraine for fighting for Ukraine have appealed their sentences, the state news agency reported. Russian state. CASS reported Friday.

CASS declared the Supreme Court of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (CMA), territory recognized only by Russia and Syria, had received calls from the lawyers of Brahim Saadoun and Shaun Pinner.

He said another convicted Briton, Aiden Aslin, had yet to appeal, citing Aslin’s lawyer.

The three men were sentenced to death last month for “mercenary activities” in the fight for Ukraine against Russia and Russian-backed forces, in what Western politicians called a show trial.

Their relatives say that they were recruited to fight for the Ukrainian army, and therefore not mercenaries but regular soldiers entitled to the protection of the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of prisoners of war.

CASS quoted on CMA The Supreme Court said appeals would be heard within a maximum of two months.

He said Pinner requested that his sentence be commuted to life imprisonment.

An update CMA The penal code published on an official website and entered into force on Friday indicates that the death penalty will begin to be used from 2025.

It is unclear what this means for the three men. The CMAunlike Russia, has had capital punishment in its laws since 2014, but so far had no legislation outlining how to apply it.

On Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said he gave an order to Russia to ensure the two Britons did not face the death penalty.

Russia, whose parliament passed a law last month removing it from ECHR jurisdiction, said he was not bound by the order and that the matter was in the hands of the CMA.

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