US Marine`s rank lowered for urinating on the dead

A US Marine Corps sniper captured on a YouTube video urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan is being reduced in rank after pleading guilty.

Camp Lejeune, (United States): A US Marine Corps sniper captured on a YouTube video urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan is being reduced in rank after pleading guilty.

Marine Corps spokesman Col. Sean Gibson says Robert W. Richards was tried Wednesday and reduced one rank to corporal.

The video got international attention. It shows four Marines in full combat gear urinating on the bodies of three Afghans in July 2011.

Richards faced a number of charges including dereliction of duty and violating orders.

Military prosecutors said Richards had filmed himself and others urinating on the corpses.
Gibson says Richards` sentence means eight Marines have been punished for their involvement in the incident.

PTI

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