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The defense of the British man sentenced to death appealed the verdict

Sean Pinner's lawyer asked for a reduced sentence to life in prison. The Supreme Court of the DPR announced that it had received a cassation appeal. Pinner was sentenced to death on charges of mercenarism

Sean Pinner, Saadun Brahim and Aiden Aslin

The Supreme Court of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) received a cassation appeal from the lawyer of Briton Sean Pinner, who was sentenced to death on charges of mercenarism, TASS reports .

«The date of the cassation consideration is appointed no later than two months from the date of sending the case to the cassation instance (part 1 of article 408 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the DPR)»,— specified in court.

British lawyer Yulia Tserkovnikova appealed the death sentence, asking to mitigate it to life imprisonment.

In early June, the DPR court sentenced Britons Pinner and Aiden Aslin, as well as Moroccan citizen Saadoun Brahim, who were captured in Donbass, to death. They were charged under Part 2 of Art. 34 of the Criminal Code of the DPR (“Commission of crimes by a group of persons”), art. 323 (“Forcible seizure of power or forcible retention of power”) and art. 430 (“Mercenaries”). In court, the defendants partially admitted their guilt.

Pinner did military service in the UK, where he was “wanted for participation in the hostilities in Iraq and Syria”; and “recognised as a terrorist,” the verdicting judge said. Recently, the Briton lived in Mariupol with his wife, a citizen of Ukraine.

During the investigation, the Briton himself said that he was an instructor in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss condemned the verdict. “They [Pinner and Aslin] are prisoners of war. This is a bogus decision with absolutely no legitimacy,— she thinks. According to her, London is doing everything possible to release them.

The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, ruled out that the convicts could be pardoned or exchanged.

The Kremlin said they were ready to listen if the UK applied to Russia over the fate of those sentenced to death in the DPR.

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