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5 Marines charged with murder

2012-10-14 12:33

London - Britain's military says five Royal Marines have been charged with murder over a death in southern Afghanistan.

The five are among seven marines arrested last week. The others have been released without charge.

Officials have said the incident involved an insurgent in Helmand province, where the majority of Britain's 9 500 troops in Afghanistan are deployed. They say no civilians were involved.

The Ministry of Defence says the cases have been referred to the Services Prosecuting Authority, which oversees military trials.

It says the suspects are in custody. They are the first British troops to be charged with murder in Afghanistan since deployments began in 2001.

Comments
  • ben.nevis.906 - 2012-10-14 13:06

    Very difficult to distinguish between war and murder, both seem so similar...

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-10-15 08:20

    Everyone involved in this war is guilty.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-15 08:29

    Where is friedbrainfraser and fartanthony and ladlarry..no comments on this article...I wonder why are they ashamed at British soldiers behavior..to ashamed to even comment..oh of course this is looking at NATO from a different truthful perspective!!

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-15 09:25

    Execute them and let the afghan troopers p@ss on their bodies like yankee doodles do.

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