UK marine jailed for 10 years for killing injured Taliban

Last Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 21:09

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.

PTI

First Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 21:09

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