Brahim Saadoun’s case: the CNDH comes into play

Brahim Saadoun, 21, was sentenced to death on June 9 -along with two Britons- by the Supreme Court of the Donetsk People’s Republic, a pro-Russian separatist region, for “participating in the fighting as mercenaries”.

The president of the CNDH, Amina Bouayach, has contacted the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia so that it “undertakes the necessary steps to ensure that Brahim Saadoun receives a fair trial during his appeal,” a source from the Moroccan organization told AFP.

The Russian High Commission for Human Rights is chaired by Kremlin delegate Tatiana Moskalkova, a former general in the Russian Interior Ministry appointed in 2016 by President Vladimir Putin.

The delegate for human rights is responsible for ensuring respect for human rights in Russia and reports to President Putin.

On Tuesday, Moroccan NGOs called on the authorities in Rabat to intervene to “save” Brahim Saadoun as a “Moroccan citizen”.

According to his father, Taher Saadoun, the young man, who obtained Ukrainian citizenship in 2020, “is not a mercenary” and was “a victim of manipulation.

However, according to a friend of the young Moroccan, Dmytro Khrabstov, 20, Brahim, known by his friends in Ukraine as “Brian”, joined the Ukrainian army last summer and had told them that he wanted “to die a hero”.

Morocco reacted through its embassy in Ukraine by stating that Saadoun “was captured wearing the uniform of the Ukrainian state army, as a member of a Ukrainian navy unit” and that he “is currently imprisoned by an entity that is not recognized by the United Nations nor by Morocco.

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