DPR accuses citizens of Sweden, Croatia and Great Britain of trying to seize power

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    Five foreigners who participated in the armed conflict in Ukraine are accused by the DPR of mercenarism, as well as an attempt to seize power. It is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the prosecutor’s office of the DPR.

    “The investigation of the criminal case against Swedish citizen Gutsavasson Mathis, Croatian citizen Prebeg Vekoslav and British citizens John Harding, Hill Andrew and Hilly Dylan has been completed, the case has been sent to court,” the press service of the DPR Prosecutor’s Office said.

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    Matis Gutsavasson, Vekoslav Prebeg and John Harding were charged with undergoing training for the purpose of carrying out terrorist activities (Article 232 of the Criminal Code of the DPR), participation of mercenaries in an armed conflict and hostilities (Part 3 of Article 430 of the Criminal Code of the DPR), committing actions aimed at violent seizure of power and change in the constitutional order of the Donetsk People’s Republic (Article 323 of the Criminal Code of the DPR).

    Andrew Hill is accused of mercenarism. Dylan Hilly was charged with aiding the recruitment of mercenaries for their use in armed conflict and hostilities (part 5 of article 32, part 1 of article 430 of the DPR Criminal Code).

    “For these crimes in wartime conditions, the law provides for the possibility of a court imposing a sentence of life imprisonment or the death penalty,” the press service of the DPR Prosecutor General’s Office said.

    In June, a DPR court sentenced to death 48-year-old Briton Sean Pinner and 28-year-old Briton Aiden Aslin, as well as Moroccan citizen 21-year-old Brahim Saadoun. They were found guilty of mercenarism, forcible seizure of power, committing a crime by a group of individuals, and being trained to carry out terrorist activities.

    On July 15, the DPR Ombudsman Daria Morozova stated that British citizen Paul Ury, accused of mercenarism, died in captivity on July 10. According to her, he died due to chronic illness and stress. According to Ms. Morozova, Paul Uri received medical assistance “despite the severity of the alleged crime.”

    The BBC previously reported on John Harding, a British paramedic who had been a paramedic in the Azov regiment since 2018, who was captured by the Russian military.

    Julia Abugalieva

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