Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne

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Britons Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, and Moroccan Brahim Saadoun during their trial in a court in occupied eastern Ukraine. © Konstantin Mihalchevskiy / Sputnik / AFP

Two Britons captured while fighting in Ukraine’s armed forces have been sentenced to death after what has been condemned as a “show trial”. Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, who surrendered to Russian forces during the siege of the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, were convicted on the charge of “being a mercenary”. They have a month to appeal and, if successful, they could receive a life or 25-year prison sentence instead of the death penalty.

Pro-Russian officials in the breakaway republic of Donetsk, where the trial was conducted, claimed the men’s actions had “led to the deaths and injury of civilians, as well as damage to civilian and social infrastructure”.…  Seguir leyendo »