A Royal Marine (armed force of the United Kingdom) has been found guilty by a military court of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent, in what the prosecution called “an execution”. The sergeant, known only as Marine A, faces a mandatory life term over the shooting of the unknown man while on patrol in Helmand Province, in 2011.
Brigadier Bill Dunham, of the Royal Marines, said the murder – the first case of its kind – was “a truly shocking and appalling aberration”.
There were tears from their families as the verdicts were read at the Military Court Centre in Bulford, Wiltshire.
Marine A, who will be sentenced on 6 December, was taken into custody.
Helment footage of the assassination released by the judge:
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