2 more British citizens charged as ‘mercenaries’ in Russian-backed Donetsk . People’s Republic

“British mercenaries Dylan Healy and Andrew Hill are now under investigation. They are charged under the same articles as the three previously convicted mercenaries. An investigation is ongoing and charges have been filed,” the agency said in an undisclosed statement. said DPR officer.

The DPR is a pro-Russian region in eastern Ukraine that is not recognized internationally.

Britain’s Foreign Office condemned the “exploitation” of prisoners for political purposes and said it has raised the issue with the Russian government.

“We are in constant contact with the government of Ukraine about their affairs and fully support Ukraine in its efforts to get them released,” a spokesman added.

On June 9, Britain’s Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, along with Moroccan Brahim Saadoune, were sentenced to death after being found guilty by a DPR court of “mercenaries” for Ukraine, Russian state media reported at the time.

DPR officials said the men were foreign fighters detained by Russian forces in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol in April. Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti said Pinner, Aslin and Saadoune will be shot dead by firing squad and have until July 9 to appeal.

On behalf of her client, Pinner’s lawyer, Yulia Tserkovnikova, said Friday that she will request leniency and leniency on humanitarian grounds to stop the execution. But Tserkovnikova said she will not challenge the court’s verdict of guilt.

“We will appeal to humanity, as my client’s guilt has been fully proved by the court. It is not necessary to say that the complaint will be based on any proof of innocence,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted Tserkovnikova as saying as follows: .

On Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg granted “interim measures” to Pinner and Aslin, calling on the Russian Federation to ensure that the death penalty is not carried out.

Provisional measures are granted with regard to legal proceedings when there is an “imminent risk of irreparable damage”, according to the ECtHR.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian Federation is no longer complying with ECtHR instructions and suggested that the court contact the DPR directly.

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