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DPR sentences 3 foreign fighters to death penalty - report

The Donetsk People's Republic's Court charged five foreign nationals with crimes over fighting on the territory of Donbass on the side of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, three of whom will face capital punishment, RIA Novosti reported on Monday.

Foreign citizens Mattias Gustafsson (Sweden), Vekoslav Prebeg (Croatia), and John Harding (United Kingdom) will face the death penalty due to criminal charges under the article "forcible retention of power" and "participation of a mercenary in an armed conflict or hostilities." The British Andrew Hill and Dylan Healy are also among those facing prosecution, while the latter, though, is suspected of hiring mercenaries rather than taking part in a special mission. The next court hearing will be held in October.

Due to their participation in the conflict on the side of Ukrainian militants, the DPR had already sentenced two British and one Moroccan person to death. Moscow has emphasized the importance of maintaining capital punishment during times of armed conflict.

Baha Breaking News (BBN) / AB