Court Releases Audio of Royal Marine Executing Taliban Captive

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11/07/2013 A shocking audio recording of the moment an injured Afghan insurgent is shot by a Royal Marine sergeant was released by a military court yesterday. The pistol shot to the helpless man's chest can be clearly heard -- followed by the marine telling the man: "Shuffle off this mortal coil, you cunt," and instructing his fellow marines: "Obviously this doesn't go anywhere, fellas ... I've just broken the Geneva convention." Three marines -- who can be identified only as A, B and C -- are accused of murdering the man, who had been badly wounded in a helicopter attack, in Helmand in September 2011. A is alleged to have fired the fatal shot, while B and C are accused of helping and encouraging him. All three deny murder. The board hearing the court martial retired yesterday to consider its verdicts. The incident was captured on a head camera worn by Marine B. The court refused to release the video after the government argued it would be a gift to terrorist recruiters and could prompt "lone wolves" to carry out revenge attacks against British soldiers or civilians. But the court agreed that the audio recording should be released. It also said that a few still images taken from the video could be published -- but not ones showing the insurgent or the moment he was shot. Marine A accepts he shot the man in the chest but claims the insurgent was already dead and he was firing into a corpse out of frustration. Marines B and C deny they encouraged or helped A. Marine B conceded he was prepared to cover up what had happened to help a fellow marine. Marine C claimed his remarks about shooting the man were bravado. Full Transcript:

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