UK marine jailed for 10 years for killing injured Taliban
A British marine filmed executing a severely injured Taliban insurgent in Afghanistan was jailed for life with a minimum 10 years behind bars by a military court on Friday.
London: A British marine filmed executing a severely injured Taliban insurgent in Afghanistan was jailed for life with a minimum 10 years behind bars by a military court on Friday.
Sergeant Alexander Blackman, 39, was found guilty at a court martial last month of murdering the man while deployed in southern Helmand province in 2011.
The court martial board in Bulford, southwest England, sentenced Blackman today to a life sentence with the 10-year minimum.
Two fellow soldiers were acquitted earlier.
Blackman`s trial heard that he had shot the wounded captive in the chest while quoting Shakespeare and admitting that he had broken the Geneva Convention.
The execution was inadvertently filmed on a comrade`s helmet camera.
The marines found the wounded 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, paraphrasing a line from "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."
Blackman`s name was disclosed yesterday following a High Court ruling that lifted an anonymity order preventing him from being identified.