News ID: 322169
Published: 0252 GMT June 10, 2022

Lavrov: Britons, Moroccan sentenced to death committed crimes in Donetsk

Lavrov: Britons, Moroccan sentenced to death committed crimes in Donetsk

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the two Britons and one Moroccan sentenced to death on Thursday in the Donetsk People's Republic had committed crimes on the territory of the self-proclaimed state.

Lavrov said: "At the moment, the trials you mentioned are being held on the basis of the legislation of the Donetsk People's Republic, because the crimes in question were committed on the DPR's territory," Reuters reported.

Separatist authorities ordered the death penalty for Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner and Saadun Brahim, Russian media reported. Western countries have reacted with outrage to the death sentences.

Britons Aslin and Pinner surrendered in April in Mariupol, the southern Ukrainian port city that was captured by Russian troops in May after a weeks-long siege, AFP reported.

They later appeared on Russian television calling on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to negotiate their release.

Brahim surrendered in March in the eastern Ukrainian town of Volnovakha.

The United Nations said Friday that unfair trials of prisoners of war amounted to war crimes.

The UN Human Rights Office said it was concerned about the death sentences imposed on the three foreigners captured by Russian troops.




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