Militant from Latvia who fought in Donbas sentenced to 2.5 years in jail

Source : 112 Ukraine

Beness Aijo was put on the wanted list in February 2015; he stayed in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic for a few years in a row
13:15, 18 May 2021


Former partaker of combat actions in Donbas, Beness Aijo who fought on the side of the militants against Ukraine’s Armed Forces, is sentenced to two years and six months in jail as Delfi reported.

Aijo is recognized guilty of urging for violent upheaval, calling for liquidation of the state independence and the disruption of the territorial integrity of Latvia.

The court ruled that the convict will get a probationary term of one year.

Related: Underage recruited in illicit armed formations in occupied Donbas

The State Security Service of Latvia suspects Aijo in the participation in the armed conflict in the east of Ukraine. According to the investigation, he stayed in the territory of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic for a few years.

Citizen of Latvia Beness Aijo was put on the wanted list in February 2015, due to the urges for violent upheaval.

In November 2019, Latvia put him on the Interpol wanted list due to his military and political activity in Donbas and urges for subversion of state power of Latvia.

Related: Russia accelerates passportization of occupied Donbas: 600,000 documents issued

At the beginning of 2020, Beness was detained in Russia. Russia refused to extradite him to Latvia and provided him political asylum in October 2020.

On May 11, Brazilian Rafael Lusvarghi, who participated in the combat actions in Donbas on the militants’ side, was arrested in Brazil on suspicion of illegal drug trafficking and possession of a weapon.

Rafael Lusvarghi fought in Donbas against the Ukrainian military in 2014-2015. In 2016, he was detained at Boryspil airport during the special operation of the Security Service of Ukraine. In May 2019, he was sentenced to 13 years of imprisonment.

Related: Occupied Donbas citizens come to Russia for work en masse

In December 2019, Lusvarghi was exchanged within the prisoner swap with occupied Donbas militants.

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