The family of a British sentenced to death by a “court” of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic said Saturday that it was “devastated and saddened by the illegal show trial.” She also estimated that 48-year-old Shaun Pinner “should be given all the rights of a prisoner of war.”
British Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin were captured in Mariupol in April during intense fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces for control of the city.
On Friday, both, as well as the Moroccan citizen Saaudun Brahim, were found by pro-Russian separatists guilty of “mercenary activity and committing acts aimed at seizing power and overthrowing the constitutional order of the Donetsk People’s Republic” and sentenced to death, although – as the families of both British people emphasize – they fought legally in the ranks of the Ukrainian army and should be treated as prisoners of war.
“Our whole family is devastated and saddened by the illegal show trial conducted by the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. Shaun, a resident of Ukraine for more than four years and contracted marines serving in the 36th Brigade, of which he is very proud, should receive all the rights. a prisoner of war in accordance with the Geneva Convention, including full independent legal representation, “wrote the family of 48-year-old Pinner in a statement on Saturday.
“We sincerely hope all parties will work together diligently to ensure Shaun’s safe release or replacement. Our family, including our son and Ukrainian wife, love and miss him dearly, and our hearts join with all the families involved in this terrible situation “- added.
Boris Johnson “appalled” by the verdicts
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “appalled” by the rulings and ordered his ministers to do “everything in their power” to get both Brits released. On Friday, British Foreign Minister Liz Truss talked about their situation with her Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba.
Meanwhile, Aslin’s Ukrainian fiancée came to London to seek his release.
“How I would like you to know that you are not forgotten, that you are not alone, that you are not abandoned and that you will not be abandoned. I hope that you still know and feel it deep down in your soul. I believe that soon we will see photos in the newspapers where you will be smile “- wrote Diana Okowyta in social media.
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