Marine said Afghan man was not executed but died after first aid
A Royal Marine accused of executing a captured Afghan insurgent denied he had murdered him when questioned by investigators following his arrest, a court martial heard.
Three men, known only as Marines A, B and C, are charged with murdering an unknown captured Afghan national on or about September 15 2011.
Marine A is accused of shooting the man while Marines B and C are said to have been "party to the killing" and "encouraged and assisted" their co-accused.
The military hearing, in Bulford, Wiltshire has heard evidence from a camera and a video clip from the time of the incident
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Extracts of A's first interview, which lasted three hours, were read out to the seven-strong board by prosecutor David Perry QC.
In the interview Marine A explained that after an Apache helicopter had been ordered to fire upon the insurgent, who was spotted in a field with an AK47 rifle, his patrol was sent to see whether the insurgent was dead or alive.
He said "tensions were a little bit high" because the man was found with a high explosive grenade, just days after the group had "a load of grenades thrown at us".
"Yes there was a little bit of banter backwards and forwards about topping him but that did not happen," he said.
Marine A insisted that after the video clip ended, he gave the man medical treatment but he died.
The hearing continues.