Marine’s family who murdered Taliban prisoner receive military guard for fear of Islamic revenge attacks
- The identity of killer soldier ‘Marine A’ may soon be lifted when sentenced
- Soldier becomes first since WWII to be convicted of murder in combat
- His lawyers will try to keep his name a secret amid fears of revenge attacks
- His advocacy is supported by military figures. One of them said he had a “stupid moment”
- The soldier told the insurgent, âThere you are. Shuffle that deadly coil, you **** ‘
Is it the victim? Investigations in the murder area revealed evidence that the victim could have been Abdullah Jan Agha
Relatives of a Royal Navy sergeant convicted of murdering a Taliban insurgent last week are living in military custody over fears that revealing his identity could pose a security risk.
Marine A, as she has been called throughout a court martial, should be appointed by a judge before being sentenced for the execution of a critically wounded enemy captive in Helmand province, Afghanistan, he two years ago.
But senior military sources fear the lifting of reporting restrictions could lead to revenge attacks by radical Islamists.
Protective measures around Marine A’s family have been stepped up in light of the potential threat.
A source close to Marine A’s family said: “Obviously they recognize that there is an increased risk, but the extended family of the Royal Marines are providing full support, which they are very happy and grateful for. also appreciate the sympathetic coverage he has received in the media. ‘
Lawyers for Marine A must appeal Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett’s verdict that the anonymity order should be lifted.
The appeal is supported by Marine B and Marine C – who have been cleared of the same charge – as they too are at risk of being named.
Many military figures believe that the order of anonymity should remain in place. But last night Admiral Lord West, a former Navy Chief of Staff, told the Mail on Sunday that he believed Marine A should be appointed.
Marine A will participate today in a Remembrance Sunday service at the Colchester Military Corrective Training Center. He is expected to stay there until December 6, when he will be sentenced and transferred to a civilian prison.
Former Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Lord West, pictured with Gordon Brown in 2007, said Marine A must be appointed. The soldier said, âObviously, this gets nowhere, guys. I just violated the Geneva Convention ‘
Evidence: Images captured by a helmet-mounted camera of a Royal Marine and played out during court martial proceedings recorded the moment the soldier shot and killed the insurgent in an Afghan field
Foreign land: After a two-and-a-half-week trial, a seven-member military council found Marine A guilty. His comrades – named only Marine B and Marine C – were cleared after nine hours of deliberation
Recording: Camera footage from Marine B’s helmet showed Marine A, a well-respected non-commissioned officer, ordered his men to move the captive out of sight of cameras on a surveillance balloon
Scene: The prosecution said that a single shot was fired into the chest of the seriously injured insurgent there, shown in the video which was blocked from airing in case it was used for the purpose of propaganda by jihadist websites.
Audio: “It’s nothing you wouldn’t do to us,” hears soldier say in recording after gunshot
Whether Marines A, B and C – and Marines D and E against whom all charges have been dropped – will be appointed will be decided by the Court Martial Appeal Court later this month.
Yesterday Prime Minister David Cameron pledged his support for the Royal Marines.
He said: “I want to say a big thank you to the Royal Marines for the incredible work you have done in Afghanistan over the past decade. I believe we can leave this country with our heads held high.
A prominent commander of the Royal Marines, Major-General Julian Thompson, added that it was important to remember that Marine A was under the “unique pressures of war” when he illegally fired at the wounded Afghan. September 15, 2011.
He said: “I’m sad for the man who did it, in that he probably had a stupid moment. I feel for him what I feel for my own son who could do a stupid thing.
Marine A was sentenced after the broadcast of images of him shooting the insurgent at close range in the chest.
Major General Julian Thompson, a veteran of the Falklands War, said it was important to remember that Marine A had been subjected to the “unique pressures of war”. He added: “He probably had a stupid moment”
As the man convulsed on the ground, Marine A told him, âThere you are. Get rid of that deadly coil, you ****. It’s nothing you wouldn’t do to us.
He then turned to his comrades and said: “Obviously that doesn’t get anywhere, guys. I just broke the Geneva Convention.
A total of 30 British soldiers have been investigated into shootings involving members of the Afghan security forces or insurgents since 2006.
Of the 30 soldiers, Marines and Airmen who were the subject of 22 separate investigations, only three were court martialed and only one – Marine A – was convicted. the figures were revealed by an access to information request from the Mail on Sunday.