Five UK marines charged with murder of Taliban fighter in Afghanistan

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 15, 2012 05:29 hrs

London: Five British Royal Marines have reportedly been charged with murder over an incident in Afghanistan in 2011.

A total of nine Royal Marines were arrested on suspicion of murder over the incident, with five of them remaining in custody after being charged.

Four have been released without charge pending further inquiries, the Telegraph reports.

According to the paper, the servicemen are believed to have been arrested after a video was discovered on a laptop belonging to a Royal Marine.

The clip apparently showed members of a Royal Marine patrol standing around a Taliban fighter as he lay injured on the ground in a compound.

They were apparently discussing what to do with him and whether to administer first aid, but the film is said to cut out before anything happens.

According to the paper, sources revealed that the Royal Military Police have confirmed the man died.

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