DONETSK, 17 June (BelTA) – There are no prerequisites for pardoning the foreign mercenaries sentenced to death in Donbass, head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin told the media in Donetsk, BelTA has learned.
"A trial of the foreign mercenaries, two Britons and one Moroccan, was held in Donetsk not long ago. Defense lawyers were provided to the defendants. The foreign mercenaries were accused of major crimes that entail harsh punishment. The court sentenced them to death. I believe that this is a fair punishment to people who came here from other countries to kill civilians for money," Denis Pushilin said.
He noted that, according to the laws of the Donetsk People's Republic, the accused can appeal the verdict of the court within a month. After that, the following steps will be taken. "I have the opportunity and the right to pardon these people. But I don't see any prerequisites for that. Commuting the death penalty to life imprisonment is not on the table either. Death penalty is the capital punishment in our republic," the head of the DPR said.