Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
MONDAY, 21 APR 2014
03:15 PM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
21 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
International
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
UK marine who killed Afghan captive loses right to anonymity
Agence France Presse
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center, is surrounded by body guards as he arrives  at a mosque inside the presidential palace to deliver his Eid al-Adha message, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)
Hamid Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center, is surrounded by body guards as he arrives at a mosque inside the presidential palace to deliver his Eid al-Adha message, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File) Hamid Karzai
A+ A-

LONDON: A British marine who executed a severely injured Afghan insurgent was named for the first time Thursday, after a judge dismissed his claim that his identity should be protected for his own safety.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman is facing a possible life sentence after he was found guilty at a court martial last month of murdering the insurgent while deployed in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province in 2011.

Blackman, who had also served in Iraq and Northern Ireland during 15 years in the Royal Marines, is due to be sentenced on Friday.

His court martial heard that he had shot the wounded captive in the chest while quoting Shakespeare. The execution was inadvertently filmed on a comrade's helmet camera.

Blackman's name was disclosed following a High Court ruling that lifted an anonymity order preventing him from being identified.

A panel of three judges ruled that two of Blackman's comrades, who were acquitted of encouraging or assisting him, should also be named.

But their identities were not immediately revealed as their lawyers were considering taking the issue to Britain's Supreme Court.

The soldiers' lawyers had argued that their lives would be at "real and immediate" risk if their names were released.

Their court martial last month in Bulford, southwest England, heard that the marines found the Afghan man in a field while looking for insurgents who had attacked a patrol base.

They moved him under the cover of trees, where Blackman shot him at close range, quoting William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" as he convulsed and died in front of him.

"There you are. Shuffle off this mortal coil," he told the dying man. "It's nothing you wouldn't do to us."

He then turned to his comrades and said: "Obviously this doesn't go anywhere, fellas. I just broke the Geneva Convention."

Footage of the murder was found on a laptop by military police investigating unrelated matters in September last year.

Blackman told the court martial he believed the captive was already dead when he shot him.

"I cannot give any other reason than to say that it was poor judgement and lack of self-control," he told the hearing.

"I thought he was dead."

He blamed "foolish bravado" for quoting Shakespeare at the dying man and said it was something "I am not proud of".

Charges against a fourth and fifth marine were discontinued. Judges are set to consider the question of their anonymity at a further hearing.

 
Home International
 
     
 
Afghanistan / United Kingdom
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Monday April 21, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Why Israeli-Palestinian talks fail
Michael Young
Michael Young
Why confuse gibberish with knowledge?
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
Echoes of 1914 characterize the Ukraine crisis
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS