– MoD statement
The Royal Military Police have today arrested seven Royal Marines on suspicion of murder. The arrests relate to an incident in Afghanistan in 2011. The incident followed an engagement with an insurgent: there were no civilians involved.
The investigation will now be taken forward and dealt with by the Service Justice system.
These arrests demonstrate the Department and the Armed Forces’ determination to ensure UK personnel act in accordance with their Rules of Engagement and our standards. It would be inappropriate to make any further comment while the investigation is underway.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence confirmed that five Royal Marines have been charged with murder after a 2011 incident in Afghanistan. Four were released without charge.