originally by: Daily Express
published: 24 October 2013
A Royal Marine shot dead a wounded Taliban prisoner at point-blank range in a “field execution”, a court martial heard yesterday.
The commando, identified as Marine A, is said to have told the dying man to “shuffle off this mortal coil” before ordering comrades to keep quiet about it because he had broken the Geneva Convention.
Three Marines are accused of murder in the first case of its kind for British troops in Afghanistan. They deny the charge.
The two other servicemen are known only as B and C. The alleged murder in Helmand Province in September 2011 was captured on video, inadvertently filmed by one of the Marines on a helmet mounted camera.
David Perry, QC, told the Military Court Centre in Bulford, Wiltshire: “The prosecution case is that Marine A used a pistol and deliberately shot and killed the unknown man.