Following military tribunals in the Donetsk People’s Republic, two British men and a Moroccan man fighting as mercenaries with the Ukrainian Armed Forces were sentenced to death.
The death sentences are being portrayed as “Soviet-era show trials” by the mainstream media and Western diplomats, who refuse to recognize the Donbas region as separate from Ukraine after more than eight years of civil war, Infowars reports.
The Independent reports, “Aiden Aslin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, were being tried in a court in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in what observers denounced as a disgusting Soviet-era show trial.”
When Aslin was caught, he told the camera that he expected to be “lined up and shot.” Now that he has been convicted in the DPR court, it appears that his worst fear may soon be realized.
Aslin accepted the death penalty in the DPR for fighting as a mercenary and pleaded with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to negotiate a prisoner swap.
In an interview with Shaun Pinner, the detained British fighter admitted to fighting for Ukraine on a “voluntary” basis, saying, “I picked a side, and we lost. I can accept this.”
With no prisoner swap taking place, Aslin, Pinner and a Moroccan man named Brahim Saadoun were sentenced to death by firing squad on Thursday. Mercenaries, on the other hand, do not have the status of combatant or prisoner of war, as stipulated by the Geneva Convention.
“The evidence presented by the prosecution in this case allowed the court to pass a guilty judgement, not to mention the fact that all of the defendants, without exception, pleaded guilty to all of the charges,” the judge who ruled over the cases told the press after the ruling.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss condemned the court’s decision on Twitter Thursday, writing, “They are prisoners of war. This is a sham judgment with absolutely no legitimacy.”