5 December, 2020

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British Authorities Charge 5 Royal Marines With Murder In Afghanistan Death

(CNN) Five Royal Marines have been charged with murder for the death of a man in Afghanistan’s Helmand province last year, authorities said Sunday.

In all, authorities arrested nine Marines in connection with the death, but four were later released without charge, the British defense ministry said.

The men were part of Operation Herrick 14, as Britain’s efforts in Afghanistan are known. Their case will now proceed through a military court system that mirrors the civilian legal system.

In its announcements of the arrests, and later the charges, the ministry offered little detail about the incident except to say it took place last year and described the dead man as “an insurgent.”

However, the British newspaper The Independent said Saturday the Marines were arrested after police found footage on a laptop during a separate investigation into pornographic material.

The newspaper said the footage showed the Marines discussing whether they should offer medical aid to an injured man.

The man was wounded while trying to ambush a patrol. He later died — although the death was not captured on the footage, the paper said.

Courtesy CNN

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    105 Sri Lankan “Peacekeepers” (armymen) who were expelled by the UN from Haiti for sexual exploitation of haitian females,mostly children, have NOT been court martialled.
    A female major general was sent to Haiti to obtain testimony from the victims.
    But,the case has ben ‘buried’.
    British Justice is different.

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    That is how civilized society should react .

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    Ha…haa…won’t happen in Sri Lanka…at least not in our lifetime. :)

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      Then how come the accused soldiers in the Krishanthy Kumaraswamy case were sentenced to death?

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