The trial of foreign citizens who fought for Ukraine is scheduled for August 15 in the DPR – KyivPost

John Harding. Source: Facebook.

On August 15, the self-proclaimed Supreme People’s Court of Donetsk Democratic Republic of the Congo will examine the criminal case of five foreign citizens who fought for Ukraine and were held prisoner in the region.

As reported by a court source, the defendants include Swedish citizen Mathias Gustavsson John Ha, Croatian citizen Vekoslav Prebeg and Britons John Harding, Dylan Healy and Andrew Hill.

The trial, according to the source, will take place out of public view.

If the defendants are found guilty, they face the death penalty, for which there is no moratorium period under the laws of the self-declared republic.

On August 5, the Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed Gustavsson’s detention. The Croatian Foreign Ministry also said it had information on Prebeg’s upcoming trial, stressing that it “rejects the charges and does not consider them justified and legal, as they contradict international law and conventions. on actions with captured civilians and prisoners of war”. .”

Harding is an Azov Regiment paramedic; Healy would have fought in
Mariupol; while Hill, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, visited the Mykolaiv region.

In June, two British citizens Sean Pinner and Aiden Eslin, as well as Moroccan citizen Brahim Saadoun, were sentenced to death in the self-declared DPR. They were accused of being mercenaries for having fought alongside Ukraine.

Human rights activists and other figures linked to the trials have called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to propose to the leader of the self-proclaimed DPR to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty.

Elna M. Lemons