A British royal marine has been found guilty of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent by a military court in England.
It’s the first time a UK soldier has been convicted of such a crime relating to the war in Afghanistan.
Two other marines were acquitted.
The jury at Bulford Court Martial Centre in Wiltshire heard that the man had already been injured by a helicopter after a local patrol base came under attack in Helmand in September 2011.
The marines were sent to find him. They took him to the side of a field where he was shot in the chest with a 9mm pistol by Marine A.
The prosecution described it as an “execution”.
On a video inadvertently recorded on one soldier’s helmet camera, Marine A is heard saying “obviously this doesn’t go anywhere, fellas,” and “I’ve just broken the Geneva Convention.”
“What we have heard over the last two weeks is not consistent with the ethos, values and standards of the Royal Marines. It was a truly shocking and appalling aberration,” said Brigadier Bill Dunham, Deputy Commandant General of the Royal Marines.
Other evidence in the trial was a diary entry by Marine C, in which he described how he felt “mugged off” that he had not been the one to shoot the prisoner.
The convicted marine, an experienced sergeant, will be sentenced later but faces a mandatory life term.
The video, which was uncovered by British civilian police, has not been released for fears it might be used as propaganda against the UK military.