Among the five Britons released in the Saudi Arabian-mediated exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine is 28-year-old Aiden Aslin, as reported by the Deputy Minister of Health, Robert Jenrick, elected deputy in the college in the area where his family of origin lives.
Aslin had been captured in Mariupol in April and sentenced to death by a court of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic for “mercenary activities” along with his 49-year-old compatriot Shaun Pinner, who was taken prisoner in similar circumstances. The 28-year-old, originally from Newark in Nottinghamshire, had appeared handcuffed, with a few bruises and a cut on his forehead in some photos released soon after the surrender of his marine unit. Boris Johnson, when he was prime minister, said he was “shocked” by the death sentence of the two British volunteers and pledged to do “everything possible” for their release. Aslin’s family members said they were surprised and happy at the news of his release, according to the first reactions gathered by the UK media.
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