There is the “autocratic aggressor” Putin portrayed by Western authorities and the “anti-colonialist solidarity” Putin portrayed by the self-proclaimed non-aligned. Will we see the emergence, in the news, of the paternal Putin using leniency to save Brahim Saadoun? The 21-year-old Moroccan student was sentenced to death on June 9 by the separatist authorities in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, for having taken part in fighting with the Ukrainian army and therefore for “terrorism and attempt to overthrow the constitutional order”. His accusers call him a “mercenary” for having worn the uniform of a unit of the Ukrainian Navy. The young homme risks facing the firing squad at the beginning of July.
It is with a strategy of great finesse that the father of the condemned man intervened in the media, he who understood that the simple melodramatic show was rather likely to annoy the Russians and the pro-Russians. First of all, to thwart the accusation of mercenary activity, Taher Saadoun disseminates diplomatic information according to which his son, an aeronautical engineering student established in Ukraine since 2019, has Ukrainian nationality. Moreover, to better approach the Kremlin and the Donetsk authorities, he weaves his emotional speech with perfect mastery of the past statements of his interlocutors.
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Saying he is “confident” in a court that he says he considers “independent”, he refuses to raise the possibility of the buzz that his presence on the spot would cause. Addressing a direct message to the President of the People’s Republic of Donetsk, he said he had read some of the latter’s interviews in which the expectation of “any intervention, whatever happens, even from non-official parties “. This is why another message, addressed to the President of Russia, calls for intervention “through humanitarian and non-official organizations, NGOs”.
keep up the pressure
Certainly, the Vladimir Putin’s constant repression of NGOs and the intransigent staging of the condemnation of the young Moroccan does not bode well for a quick outcome. Aware that Ukrainians also publicize the trials of their prisoners, Denis Pushilin, the President of the Donetsk People’s Republic, has so far rejected a lifting of the sentence against those who come “in Ukraine to kill civilians for money “.
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Two last cards are in the hands of the bruised father, if he wants to delay the execution of the sentence. Appeal to the court and maintain pressure on the Moroccan Prime Minister, Aziz Akhannouch, whose involvement he is negotiating. Without being able to prejudge possible discreet diplomatic negotiations, the recent communication from the Moroccan embassy in Ukraine borrows the register of Pontius Pilate. The kingdom’s diplomacy points out, without further comment, that Brahim Saadoun “was captured wearing the uniform of the Ukrainian state army” and that he “is currently imprisoned by an entity that is not recognized neither by the United Nations nor by le Morocco “…