Saturday 17 March 2018

UK marine convicted of Taliban captive's murder

Ben Farmer

A ROYAL Marine faces life in prison after being convicted of murdering a Taliban captive in Afghanistan.

The unnamed marine, identified only as A, was found guilty yesterday at court martial after a video of the killing, captured via helmet camera, was found on a comrade's laptop.

His conviction is the first time a British serviceman has been convicted of murder during the Afghan or Iraq conflicts.

The UK Ministry of Defence said it could not find a record of the last time a British serviceman was convicted of murder for a killing on a foreign battlefield.

Two other marines, B and C, alleged to have been "party to the killing" were acquitted after the two-and-a-half week hearing.

Brigadier Bill Dunham, Deputy Commandant General, Royal Marines, said the killing was "a truly shocking and appalling aberration".

The video footage, repeatedly shown in court, showed Marine A shooting the man at point-blank range in the chest as he lay stricken in a corn field. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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