The Moroccan and two British fighters, given the death penalty by the Russian-back separatist court in Donetsk, had submitted an appeal against their sentences. 

According to a Russian state news agency report, TASS, Moroccan Brahim Saaudun, and Britain’s Shaun Pinner appealed last Friday. Aiden Aslin, the other British fighter, followed suit on Monday. In his appeal, Pinner asked for his sentence to be life imprisonment instead.

Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Supreme Court was cited saying they would consider appeals within no more than two months. They have also updated their criminal code, which states the death penalty will be used starting in 2025. The updated DPR criminal code took effect on Friday, July 1, 2022. However, what this meant for the three men or how it would affect them remains unclear.

Last April, the Russian-backed forces captured Aslin and Pinner in Mariupol during the ‘bloody’ fight to control the city. According to the families of both men, both had been living in Ukraine since 2018.