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Royal Marines plead not guilty

Three Royal Marines pleaded not guilty today to the murder of a unknown Afghan while on active service.

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Five Marines charged with murder

Five Royal Marines have been charged with murder in relation to an incident in Afghanistan in 2011, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said today. Seven marines were arrested on Thursday. Royal Military Police (RMP) arrested two more on suspicion of murder.

Four have since been released without charge. The charges are linked to an incident when Plymouth-based Royal Marine 3 Commando Brigade was based in Helmand.

"The RMP has referred the cases of the remaining five Royal Marines to the independent Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA).

"Following direction from the SPA these marines have now been charged with murder and they remain in custody pending court proceedings."

– Ministry of Defence statement

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