An MOD spokesperson has outlined the procedure that will take place following the arrest of seven Marines on suspicion of murder.
- The Marines are held in custody under usual civilian custodial regulations. Therefore, if after 24 hours no charges are brought, the Royal Military Police, who are investigating and evidence gathering, will have to apply for an extension of custody.
- The RMP report to the director of service prosecutions, which is part of the services prosecutions authority - the equivalent to the CPS. He is a QC, an independent body and accountable to the Attorney General.
- If there is sufficient evidence they will be charged with murder.
Five Royal Marines have been charged with murder in relation to an alleged incident in Afghanistan in 2011.
Military police have arrested seven Royal Marines on suspicion of murder over an incident in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.