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Marines held for murder given anonymity

2012-11-07 20:17

London - A British military judge has ruled that five Royal Marines accused of a murder in Afghanistan have the right to remain anonymous during their trial.

The five men were charged last month with the murder of an unknown captured Afghan national on or about 11 September 2011.

Officials have said the incident involved an "engagement with an insurgent."

News organisations challenged an order that the men could not be publicly identified until the end of court martial proceedings.



Comments
  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-11-07 20:46

    Need to look at some new stock pics... 33 year old scans from the Falklands. Might as well had red coats and pith helmets

  • Steven Joseph Eward Grace - 2012-11-07 22:14

    You People cry havok when they dont defend, then cry havok When They do!!! What the hell do you want???

      ian.boyd.7503 - 2012-11-08 12:42

      It's alright Steven. The white man can't put a foot right and no one else can put a foot wrong. Apparently we're guilty of just about everything wrong in the world.

  • Iqhawe_eliqotho - 2012-11-08 04:16

    This is ridiculous, a murderer is a murderer! The exposure of your identity must be done regardless of who you work for or what your rank is. Now without this transparency how are we to know justice is served?

      derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-11-08 09:28

      100% correct, and we all know justice will not be served.

      ian.boyd.7503 - 2012-11-08 12:27

      You're not familiar with the term 'court martial'? (which tend to be rather rigorous). Their names are quite frankly none of our business. They will have their day in court.

      Iqhawe_eliqotho - 2012-11-08 13:23

      ian.boyd.7503 will they really have their day in court? How does this sound fair to the victims or to true justice? The court-martial tried some people and found them guilty of murder. They have been imprisoned. End of report. Come on Ian. This is all we will ever hear of this story and that's just not right.

      ian.boyd.7503 - 2012-11-08 15:02

      Ighawe - "victims and true justice" *LMAO* Let's remember that shall we the next time a suicide bomber plants an IED on bus full of innocent people? Or rams a passenger plane into a skyscraper. Wouldn't it be nice if Al Qaeda applied the same level of 'lawfulness' to it's own? It is VERY clear where the double standards lay. That's all you ever should hear of the story. You weren't there. You know nothing about the stress of combat. You know nothing about military law. If it were up to me I would strongly relax the West's 'terms of engagement' when dealing with terrorists. If you want to come to the negotiation table, fine. If you want to fight, unleash the military industrial complex.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-08 15:11

      Do you even know what the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) is? I suspect that you're simply one ignorant bigoted knuckle-dragging fool.

      ian.boyd.7503 - 2012-11-08 17:04

      fidel - what an educated little thing you are. I think I had it explained to me somewhere in a lecture on shear stress in fuselage panels. No, hold on, it was while shopping around for a fibre-optical data highway replacement for the Harrier. I grew up around bombed out city blocks, sunshine. That could be where I learned to drag my knuckles. You see the difference is, I grew up in and around that complex whereas you've only read about it.

  • Rashida Patel - 2012-11-08 05:32

    Ahh well ,always knew ,double standards ,hypocrisy of the white man. Imagine if it was a non white ...the headlines and photos

      ian.boyd.7503 - 2012-11-08 12:06

      How on Earth do you bring race into it? "...hypocrisy of the white man." *LOL* So hacking off a journalist's head with a bread knife is OK? FYI, the "white man" has gone to war with "white man" more than any other. If it was simply a matter of killing off non-whites we could have stopped weapons development with rifles in the 1850's. Catch a wake up, chick!

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