Monday, August 18, 2014

Military courts (including death penalty) are on the way in Donetsk

Global Military Justice Reform does not have a foreign policy, so it has no position on the current separatist movement in Ukraine. Nonetheless, this Newsweek article, concerning establishment of military courts in the Donetsk area falls within our subject matter. An excerpt from the article:
The government of the breakaway region of Donetsk in Ukraine announced that it will introduce the death penalty for serious crimes, including treason, after the first meeting of the separatist Council of Ministers today.
“A legislative act provides for the death penalty for the gravest crimes,” a press release on the Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DNR) official website read.
The meeting was intended to set the founding stones of the military court justice system of the new republic, which is not recognised by the Ukrainian government.
The Council agreed that military tribunals will be sanctioned to pass the death penalty for offences including treason, espionage, attempts on the lives of the leadership and sabotage, the Moscow Times reported. . . .

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