“The Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of the DPR has received a criminal case against Gustavsson Matias, Prebeg Vekoslav, John Harding, Healy Dylan and Hill Andrew, who are foreign citizens who are accused of mercenarism,” TASS quotes a court representative.
It is clarified that the date of the hearing on the merits and the format of the meetings have not yet been determined. All militants were taken prisoner in Mariupol, including at the Azovstal metallurgical plant.
It is known that the British refused to cooperate with the investigation and testify in the case, and the Swedish citizen, who was taken prisoner at Azovstal, denied the accusation of law enforcement officers about participating in hostilities on the territory of the DPR.
On July 29, it was also reported that the cases of British mercenaries Dylan Healy and Andrew Hill were ready for transfer to the DPR court. The British were charged under the article “Mercenary”.
On July 1, it became known that criminal cases were being investigated against Healy and Hill. It was noted that they are charged with the same articles as the three previously sentenced to death British citizens Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin, as well as the Moroccan Saadun Brahim.
On June 7, a trial of foreign fighters from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol took place in Donetsk. Among the defendants were Pinner, Aslin and Brahim. They were charged with mercenarism and committing crimes aimed at forcibly seizing and holding power, as well as undergoing training in order to carry out terrorist activities on the territory of the DPR. Lawyers for foreigners filed an appeal against the verdict.
On July 20, DPR Foreign Minister Natalya Nikonorova stated that the DPR is actively working with the Luhansk People’s Republic on an agreement that would approve the charter of an international tribunal over Ukrainian military and mercenaries. She called the preparation of the charter one of the most important tasks, since all procedural actions, including the conviction of the guilty, will take place on its basis. According to her, representatives of the relevant bodies of Russia are already carrying out investigative actions on the territory of the republics.
Russia continues the special operation to protect the Donbass, the beginning of which President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. The situation in the region escalated in mid-February due to shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). Since 2014, the Ukrainian authorities have been fighting against the inhabitants of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’état in Ukraine.
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