PM: Afghan murder should not 'besmirch' the Marines

Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the conviction of a Royal Marine for murdering an injured Taliban insurgent in Afghanistan should not "besmirch" the organisation's proud history

Speaking on the steps of Downing Street to a group of serving and former Royal Marines raising funds for the Commando 999 charity, he said:

"That in no way represents the spirit and the history of the Royal Marines, an outfit that has one of the proudest histories of any in the world.

"We should not let that single incident besmirch the incredible work the Royal Marines have done, not only over decades but over centuries."

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PM backs Marines after murder

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the conviction of a Royal Marine for murdering an injured Taliban insurgent in Afghanistan should not "besmirch" the organisation's proud history.