World Bulletin / News Desk
Footage of British marines executing an injured Taliban fighter in Helmand, Afghanistan, two years ago has been shown in court, as the soldiers face trial at a military tribunal in Bulford, Wiltshire, UK.
The video, which was shot by the helmet camera of one of the accused, shows the soldiers shooting the injured fighter in the chest whie the sergeant in charge says: “Obviously this don’t go anywhere fellas, I’ve just broken the Geneva Convention.”
When the soldiers thought that they had been seen, they pretended to give the fighter first aid. They then claimed that the man had died from the injuries he had already suffered in a helicopter strike.
The marines, who pleaded not guilty, were arrested after the footage was discovered on the laptop of another marine.
The prosecutor David Perry QC, said: “The video speaks for itself. It clearly shows they killed an injured man; it shows they lied about the circumstances in which the injured man met his death. It was not a killing in the heat and exercise of any armed conflict. The prosecution case is that it amounted to an execution, a field execution. An execution of a man who was entitled to be treated with dignity and respect and entitled to be treated as any British serviceman or servicewoman would be entitled to be treated in a similar situation.”
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