Scientists, human rights activists, journalists and academics have sent a letter to Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, demanding a moratorium on the execution of Moroccan Ibrahim Saadoun and two young British men.
The letter demanded that the moratorium on the use of the death penalty be extended to the Donetsk People’s Republic. President Vladimir Putin, we are deeply concerned about reports of the imminent execution of death sentences handed down in the Donetsk People’s Republic,” the petition’s signatories said.
And the letter continued: “In Russia, according to Leo Tolstoy, people consider every criminal unlucky, no matter how guilty, God gave him life so that the executioner would not take him to the gallows… Nikolai Pavlovich Zagoskin affirms that the effects of The Russian secular law avoided the death penalty and they did not even know about it at the end of the 14th century.
The same document confirmed that “neither the treaties of the Russians with the Greeks, nor the ecclesiastical laws of the first Christian princes, nor the Russian truth allow this type of criminal punishment, which is quite unusual for the foundations of the Russian legal conscience.” . adding: “The decree of Empress Elizabeth of May 7, 1744 commented: Use of the death penalty in Russia. The daughter of Peter the Great was ahead of her time: in Western Europe, the Grand Duke of Tuscany Peter Leopold abolished the death penalty for the first time in 1786.
The authors of the letter had many inferences, also citing the words of Admiral Count Nikolai Semyonovich Mordvinov: “The judge who pronounces a sentence of forced death feels trembling: is this a reminder to him of his awareness that he takes upon himself What doesn’t belong to you? to the?”
The signatories of the letter said: “Mercy is the strength of our people. We ask for your mercy. We consider it necessary to abolish the death penalty in the Donetsk People’s Republic.”
This coincides with statements by Saadoun’s lawyer, Elena Vesnina, who announced that her case should not be decided until next September due to the emergence of recent facts and evidence.
A court in Donetsk, one of the two autonomous regions in eastern Ukraine, had previously sentenced Saadoun and two Britons to death after they were captured by Russian forces.
Agence France-Presse reported that Ibrahim Saadoun and British citizens Eden Aslin and Sean Benner were arrested last April after fighting alongside Ukrainian forces in the coastal city of Mariupol.