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Royal Marines plead not guilty to Afghan murder

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

The men, known only as Marines A, B and C, entered their pleas in rank order from behind a screen amid tight security at the Military Court Centre in Bulford, Wiltshire.

The men denied the allegation under Section 42 of the Armed Forces Act 2006 that on or about September 15 2011 they murdered the captured person while on patrol in Afghanistan.

David Perry QC, prosecuting, said the core of the prosecution case would be video footage.

Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett set a two-day pre-trial review hearing to start on August 5 with a trial due to last three to four weeks to commence on October 21.

All three marines were granted bail. Two further marines have been told that the murder charges against them have been dropped.

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