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Aiden Aslin's family home in Newark react as the 28-year-old goes on trial in the Donetsk People's Republic



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The British government is working with Ukrainian counterparts to try and bring Newark's Aiden Aslin home as the 28-year-old goes on trial in the pro-Russian separatist Donetsk People's Republic.

The Prosecutor General's Office said their 'criminal investigation' into Aiden's case was complete and that he faced the death penalty.

Aiden is being treated as a mercenary rather than the member of the Ukrainian armed forces that he actually is.

FROM left: Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner and Saaudun Brahim, from Morocco, appear in court. (57188591)
FROM left: Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner and Saaudun Brahim, from Morocco, appear in court. (57188591)

In a statement Aiden's family said: “This is a very sensitive and emotional time for our family, and we would like to say thank you to all that have supported us.

“We are currently working with the Ukrainian government and the Foreign Office to try and bring Aiden home.

"Aiden is a much-loved man and very much missed, and we hope that he will be released very soon.”

Aiden Aslin filmed for Youtube (56149372)
Aiden Aslin filmed for Youtube (56149372)

They also requested privacy.

Aiden was living in the Ukraine and serving in its Armed Forces at the time of the Russian invasion.

He is one of at least three British men being held by pro-Russian forces.

He was captured in April during the battle for Mariupol and has already been paraded on television in a breach of the Geneva Convention, which bans the exploitation and misuse of prisoners of war for the purposes of propaganda.

The others Brits are Shaun Pinner, 48, also captured at Mariupol, and Andrew Hill, 35, whose story isn't yet known, who are also being held by the 'authorities' in the so-called Donetsk People's Republic.

Mr Pinner and Mr Hill are also being tried as mercenaries and are therefore also facing the death penalty. Efforts are also being made to get them released.

Aiden Aslin in Mariupol. (55610947)
Aiden Aslin in Mariupol. (55610947)

Russia's state-owned RIA news agency said on Sunday the investigation found Aiden had taken part in "the armed aggression of Ukraine to forcibly seize power in the republic for a reward."

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said on Monday that the British government expected the laws of armed conflict to be represented and the Foreign Office would make "all the representations."

The Advertiser has approached the Ukrainian Embassy in London for comment.



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