Robert Jenrick MP calls for Aiden Aslin's release after Newark soldier was sentenced to death in pro-Russian court
Newark MP Robert Jenrick has called for the release of soldier Aiden Aslin after a pro-Russian court sentenced him to death.
In a series of posts on social media Mr Jenrick condemned the Putin regime in Russia, called for the Ambassador to be summoned to the Foreign Office and said Aiden should be released as soon as possible.
Aiden, 28, and fellow prisoner of war from England Shaun Pinner, 48, were charged with being mercenaries despite being members of the Ukraine armed forces.
Mr Jenrick posted on Twitter: "This disgusting Soviet-era style show trial is the latest reminder of the depravity of Putin’s regime.
"Russia should be clear, they cannot treat British citizens like this and get away with it.
"Contrary to the Kremlin’s propaganda, Aiden Aslin is not a mercenary. He has been living in Ukraine and serving in its armed forces before Russia’s illegal invasion and as a prisoner of war is entitled to protection under the Geneva Convention.
"The Russian Ambassador should be summoned to the Foreign Office to account for this most egregious breach of the Geneva Convention. Aiden must be released as soon as practicable."
Other politicians have condemned the so-called court's ruling including the foreign secretary Liz Truss.
Aiden's family spoke to the Advertiser and have called on the UK and Ukrainian governments to do all they can to secure his release.
The court which has passed sentence is not internationally recognised.