ECHR asks Russia not to execute a foreigner sentenced to death

The ECHR “directed in particular to the government of the Russian Federation, according to the rules of article 39 of the court, to ensure that the death sentence pronounced against the applicant is not carried out, to ensure that his conditions of detention are appropriate, and to provide him with any necessary medical assistance”, indicates the judicial body of the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg.

Article 39 of the rules of the ECHR allows it to order “provisional measures” when the applicants are exposed to “a real risk of irreparable damage”.

The court was seized by Brahim Saadoun, a Moroccan citizen born in 2000 and sentenced to death along with two Britons last Thursday.

According to the Russian authorities, the three men had surrendered and had been taken prisoner in the region of Mariupol in the company of around a thousand Ukrainian soldiers in mid-April.

They were sentenced to death last Thursday by the Supreme Court of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

The ECHR insists that Russia is still bound by its decisions, even though Moscow was expelled from the Council of Europe in mid-March.

And it asks the Kremlin to provide it “within two weeks, information showing what actions and measures have been taken” by the Russian authorities to ensure respect for Mr. Saadoun’s Convention rights.

The demands of the ECHR could however find little echo with Moscow since the lower house of the Russian parliament, the Duma, adopted several amendments at the beginning of June which lead Russia to no longer apply the decisions of the ECHR rendered after March 15. .

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