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Captured Britons Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin and Moroccan national Saadoun Brahim were sentenced to death by a court in the rebel-held Donetsk People’s Republic for fighting for Ukraine on Friday.
Amnesty International called the situation “unprecedented”.
The two British men, Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, have been charged with being foreign mercenaries, attempting to seize power and with terrorism offences.
They were arrested in April during the Battle of Mariupol.
They had both been in the country since 2018 and insist they served legitimately in the Ukrainian army – so they should be protected as prisoners of war by the Geneva Convention.
The court that sentenced them is not internationally recognized.
Denis Krivosheev, from Amnesty International’s office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, told Reuters: “The party that currently bears full responsibility for the situation and fate of these people is Russia. .
“This situation has no precedent. This so-called Donetsk People’s Republic has a so-called criminal code in which it has a so-called death penalty, only this time, and this has never happened before , they apply to prisoners of war.”
Mr Krivosheev added that he feared this could lead to similar cases.
He said, “Could it happen again? Absolutely.”
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