Aiden Aslin launches appeal against his death sentence in pro-Russia Donetsk People’s Republic


Captured British fighter Aiden Aslin launches appeal against his death sentence in pro-Russia Donetsk People’s Republic

  • Briton Aiden Aslin, 28, has launched an appeal against his death sentence 
  • The British fighter argues that he was not a member of Ukraine’s armed forces
  • He posted a picture of himself taking his oath to serve in the Ukrainian army

Captive British fighter Aiden Aslin, 28, has launched an appeal against his death sentence in pro-Putin rogue state Donetsk People’s Republic.

The former care worker argues that he was not a mercenary but a member of Ukraine’s armed forces.

He has posted on social media a picture of himself taking his oath to serve in the Ukrainian army.

A lawyer for fellow British fighter Shaun Pinner, 48, Yulia Tserkovnikova, launched his appeal last week.

Both men were sentenced to the death penalty – being shot by a firing squad – in an verdict last month after a rushed trial when key witnesses did not appear.

Captive British fighter Aiden Aslin, 28, has launched an appeal against his death sentence in pro-Putin rogue state Donetsk People's Republic

Captive British fighter Aiden Aslin, 28, has launched an appeal against his death sentence in pro-Putin rogue state Donetsk People’s Republic

He has posted on social media a picture of himself taking his oath to serve in the Ukrainian army

He has posted on social media a picture of himself taking his oath to serve in the Ukrainian army

Former care worker Aslin argues that he was not a mercenary but a member of Ukraine's armed forces

A lawyer for fellow British fighter Shaun Pinner, 48, launched his appeal last week

Former care worker Aslin (left) argues that he was not a mercenary but a member of Ukraine’s armed forces. A lawyer for fellow British fighter Shaun Pinner, 48, (right) launched his appeal last week

British war prisoners Aiden Aslin (left) and Shaun Pinner (right) were sentenced to death penalty by Donetsk court on June 9, 2022

British war prisoners Aiden Aslin (left) and Shaun Pinner (right) were sentenced to death penalty by Donetsk court on June 9, 2022

The Briton's were sentenced to death along with Moroccan Brahim Saadoun for 'mercenary activities' by fighting for Ukraine

The Briton’s were sentenced to death along with Moroccan Brahim Saadoun for ‘mercenary activities’ by fighting for Ukraine

Alsin's lawyer said he appeal concerned only some of the charges - those carrying the death penalty - such as his alleged effort to bring about 'a seizure of power by force' in the DPR

Alsin’s lawyer said he appeal concerned only some of the charges – those carrying the death penalty – such as his alleged effort to bring about ‘a seizure of power by force’ in the DPR

Few observers expect them to succeed at what is seen as a new stage of a show trial, leaving them only to plead for a pardon to the pro-Putin ruler of the DPR, Denis Pushilin.

But Pushilin has already said he sees no grounds to grant a pardon.

Their best hope is that a prisoner exchange leads to them being swapped with Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine.

‘A cassation appeal against the verdict was filed today,’ said the lawyer representing Aslin, Pavel Kosovan, today.

The Briton’s were sentenced to death along with Moroccan Brahim Saadoun for ‘mercenary activities’ by fighting for Ukraine.

Alsin’s lawyer said he appeal concerned only some of the charges – those carrying the death penalty – such as his alleged effort to bring about ‘a seizure of power by force’ in the DPR.

Few observers expect them to succeed at what is seen as a new stage of a show trial, leaving them only to plead for a pardon to the pro-Putin ruler of the DPR, Denis Pushilin. Pictured: Shaun Pinner

Few observers expect them to succeed at what is seen as a new stage of a show trial, leaving them only to plead for a pardon to the pro-Putin ruler of the DPR, Denis Pushilin. Pictured: Shaun Pinner

British fighter Shaun Pinner with his wife Larysa. Pinner has been sentenced to death

British fighter Shaun Pinner with his wife Larysa. Pinner has been sentenced to death

The 48-year-old's lawyer Yulia Tserkovnikova has launched an appeal on his behalf. Pictured: Pinner with wife Larysa

The 48-year-old’s lawyer Yulia Tserkovnikova has launched an appeal on his behalf. Pictured: Pinner with wife Larysa

Andrew Hill, 35, and Dylan Healy, 22, face an upcoming trial. Hill,pictured, a father of four from Plymouth, was allegedly a 'mercenary' fighting for the Ukrainians

Healy, pictured, from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, was previously described as a civilian volunteer seeking to evacuate people from war-ravaged Ukraine

Two more British captives in the hands of the DPR have been indicted on charges that could lead to the death penalty. Andrew Hill, 35, (left) and Dylan Healy, 22, (right) face an upcoming trial

The purpose of the appeal was to ‘avoid execution’.

Two more British captives in the hands of the DPR have been indicted on charges that could lead to the death penalty.

Andrew Hill, 35, and Dylan Healy, 22, face an upcoming trial.

Hill, a father of four from Plymouth, was allegedly a ‘mercenary’ fighting for the Ukrainians.

Healy, from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, was previously described as a civilian volunteer seeking to evacuate people from war-ravaged Ukraine.

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