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Naming of Marines D and E 'subject to another hearing'

The question of whether two Royal Marines, against whom charges were discontinued, should be named will be the subject of a further hearing, judges have said.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, sitting with Mr Justice Tugendhat and Mr Justice Holroyde in London, said Marine A, who was convicted of murdering an Afghan insurgent, should be publicly named along with two servicemen who were acquitted by a court martial.

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Decision due on naming of guilty Marines

A decision on whether the names of five Royal Marines should be made public following a high-profile trial over the killing of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan will be made later today at the Court Martial Appeal Court in London.

It follows a hearing last week during which an argument was made on behalf of the servicemen that their lives will be at "real and immediate" risk if their names are released.

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Ex-general calls for clemency for Afghan murderer

A distinguished Royal Marines general who led British forces to victory in the Falklands has called for clemency after a marine was found guilty of murdering an Afghan insurgent.

Major-General Julian Thompson told The Times that life imprisonment for the soldier, known as Marine A, would be too harsh.

A Royal Marine is seen in the footage released of the incident Credit: ITV News/Priscilla Coleman

He said: “Obviously it was wrong and everyone in the Royal Marines is quite clear about that.

“The Royal Marines are a family and it feels as though a member of the family has transgressed.

“I am sad for the man who did it, in that he probably had a moment of stupidity. I feel for him as I would my own son who might do something stupid.", he added.

He suggested a five-year term would be more appropriate for a crime committed in the pressure of war.

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Plymouth based marine found guilty of murder

A Plymouth-based Royal Marine sergeant has been found guilty of murder - for shooting dead an injured Taliban fighter. No other member of the British armed forces has faced a charge of this kind during the ten years of the war in Afghanistan.

Two other commandos who were charged with encouraging and assisting him have been found not guilty at a court martial. Our defence correspondent John Andrews reports.

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MoD: Murder of Afghan insurgent was 'isolated incident'

The murder of an Afghan insurgent by a Royal Marine was not "consistent" with the Ministry of Defence's ethos, values and standards, said Brigadier Bill Dunham, Deputy Commandant General Royal Marines.

In a statement released by the MoD, Brigadier Dunham added:

It is a matter of profound regret in this isolated incident that one marine failed to apply his training and discharge his responsibilities.

It is now for the Royal Marines to consider any impact from this case on the training given to our people as we seek to uphold the very highest standards that we constantly strive to instill and perpetuate.

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Marine A to be sentenced for murder 'at later date'

There were gasps from relatives in the public gallery as the verdicts were returned at the court martial of three marines.

Judge Blackett told Marine A: "This court has found you guilty of murder. The mandatory sentence prescribed by law is imprisonment for life.

"This court now has to determine the minimum term you will serve before you are eligible for release. To help us do that, I am going to order that a report be prepared. I am adjourning this case until a later date.

"In the meantime, I direct that you are to be taken into custody."

Addressing the other two defendants, the judge added: "Marine B and Marine C, you have been found not guilty of murder and you are now free to return to your normal place of duties."The issue of anonymity will be decided at a later date."

Plymouth marine on trial for murder

A court martial has been played a recording of the moment a Plymouth based Royal Marine allegedly shot and killed an injured Afghan prisoner. The man, who can't be identified for legal reasons, denies murdering him.

Two other Commandos from the same unit - who were also on patrol - have been charged with encouraging and assisting him. All three deny the allegations.

Our defence correspondent John Andrews reports.

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Audio recording of marines 'murdering Afghan national'

An audio recording has been released of a conversation between three Royal Marines as they allegedly murder a captured Afghan man in 2011.

The trio are being tried by a court martial and all deny the charge.

The recording was taken by one of the accused's helmet cameras worn at the time of the alleged incident.

In the footage, a bang, understood to be a gunshot can be heard, followed by one of the marines saying: "Shuffle off this mortal coil, you c***."

Later in the recording, a marine is heard to say: "Obviously this doesn't go anywhere fellas...I just broke the Geneva Convention."

A warning that the footage includes a gunshot alleged to have killed the Afghan man and strong language throughout:

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