Marines 'did not kill in conflict'
A Royal Marine executed a seriously injured Afghan prisoner – telling him: "There you are. Shuffle off this mortal coil. It's nothing you wouldn't do to us", a court martial was told.
The serviceman, known only as Marine A, then turned to comrades and said: "Obviously this doesn't go anywhere fellas. I just broke the Geneva Convention," it is alleged by prosecutors.
The killing – showing Marine A shooting the man in the chest at close range with a 9mm pistol – had been filmed by a camera mounted on the helmet of co-defendant Marine B, the court martial in Bulford, Wiltshire was told.
Three marines, known only as Marines A, B and C, were arrested and later charged with murder after the footage was recovered by the Royal Military Police in September last year. They are accused of murdering an unknown captured Afghan national on or about September 15, 2011, contrary to Section 42 of the Armed Forces Act 2006. All deny the charge.
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The shooting was said to have happened at a remote base in Helmand province after the marines had been ordered to check an area in the aftermath of fire.
David Perry QC, prosecuting, told the court: "It was not a killing in the heat of any armed conflict. It amounted to an execution."