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DPR head does not rule out capital punishment for British mercenaries on trial in DPR

Denis Pushilin stressed that the decision would be made by the court

MOSCOW, June 6. /TASS/. British mercenaries currently on trial in the DPR could face death penalty because of heavy charges, DPR head Denis Pushilin said during a Rossiya-1 TV broadcast on Monday.

"Today there will be the first hearing of the DPR Supreme Court in connection with the British mercenaries. The evidence base is fully collected, the crimes they committed are monstrous. I can say that according to the articles they were charged with, I would not rule out the capital punishment, but the decision will be made by the court," Pushilin said.

On June 4, the DPR General Prosecutor's Office reported the completion of criminal investigations into UK citizens Shaun Pinner and Andrew Hill, as well as Morocco citizen Saadun Brahim. According to a General Prosecutor's Office representative, they may also be subject to the death penalty. The investigation established their involvement in the crimes under part 2 of Article 34 of the DPR’s Criminal Code (Commission of crimes by a group of persons), Article 323 of the DPR’s Criminal Code (Forcible seizure of power or forcible retention of power) and Article 430 of the DPR’s Criminal Code (Mercenary activities).