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UK marines charged with 2011 Afghanistan murder

Five UK Royal Marines were charged with murder on Sunday in connection with an incident in 2011 in Afghanistan. The charge allegedly arises out of a video [Telegraph report] that showed marines in an incriminating situation with a wounded member of the Taliban. An independent agency that supervises military prosecutions, the Service Prosecuting Authority [official website], decided to bring the murder charge against five of the nine marines arrested in relation to the incident. The other four were released. The five charged will remain in custody [BBC report] until appearing before a court martial.

There have been several incidents arising out of the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts. In February the US Army dropped all charges [JURIST report] against Army Specialist Michael Wagnon, originally charged with killing Afghan civilians. In January US Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich pleaded guilty [JURIST report] to the charge of negligent dereliction of duty. Sgt. Calvin Gibbs was convicted of three counts [JURIST report] of premeditated murder last November and was sentenced to life in prison. In December 2010 Staff Sergeant Robert Stevens pleaded guilty [JURIST report] to shooting two unarmed Afghan farmers. Charges against Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Chessani were dropped [JURIST report] in June 2008.

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