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Following on from my article severely criticising that cunt, Major General Julian Thompson for refusing to condemn the murder of the Afghanistan resistance fighter shot dead by a British Marine, comes this latest offering from the Daily Chimpanzee.

According to the Chimp:

Head of the Armed Forces General Houghton said not severely punishing murders would ‘erode the moral ascendancy over our enemies’

Not that the Taliban are our enemies of course.

Never the less, it is a “fuck you” to both Thompson and the Cunt Cameron.

Even if the article does still covertly lead the brain dead to feel that Marine A deserves leniency.

The only thing that I can’t decide is whether or not General Houghton is related to Richard Briers, Piers Morgan or the Cunt Cameron… Just saying.

 

Marine convicted of murdering Taliban captive should have no clemency for the ‘heinous’ crime, says Armed Forces chief

  • Marine A, 39, executed a Taliban fighter after Apache helicopter attack
  • Sir Nick Houghton says: ‘murder is murder’ and leniency would be ‘wrong’
  • Marine was convicted after a trial at Bulford Military Court last week
  • He will be sentenced on December 6 and could be jailed for life
  • Several senior officials have called for leniency from the court martial panel

By MARTIN ROBINSON

PUBLISHED: 09:20, 11 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:33, 11 November 2013

 

 

The Royal Marine who murdered a Taliban fighter should not be shown any clemency for his ‘heinous crime’, the head of the Armed Forces has said.

The 39-year-old commando – known only as Marine A – carried out the ‘field execution’ when he and two others found the injured man and he then shot him in the chest.

General Sir Nick Houghton believes that the gravity of the crime means he must be severely punished.

‘Murder is murder, this is a heinous crime. No serviceman or woman is above the law’, he said.

'Lovely lad': The family of Marine Am who was convicted of killing an insurgent, have said it was 'out of character'‘No leniency’: General Sir Nick Houghton says ‘No serviceman or woman is above the law’ and Marine A’s case should be treated in that way

 

Marine A killed the insurgent near the end of a ‘tour from hell’, during which 23 servicemen from 3 Commando Brigade were killed and the Taliban hung the limbs of maimed British troops in trees as ‘trophies’.

Senior figure: Head of the Armed Forces General Houghton said not severely punishing murders would 'erode the moral ascendancy over our enemies'Senior figure: Head of the Armed Forces General Houghton said not severely punishing murders would ‘erode the moral ascendancy over our enemies’

 

Not punishing him would severely ‘erode the moral ascendancy over our enemies’, General Houghton said.

‘It would be quite wrong for the armed forces to adopt some special pleading, some sort of exemption,’ he said.

‘If we try to put ourselves beyond the law or expect special provision from the law, then we start to erode the position where we have a moral ascendancy over those who are our enemies. Those in authority over the armed forces should not request any form of leniency… we should be immaculate in these respects.’

Lord Guthrie, a former Chief of the Defence Staff, agreed and said: ‘The military should observe the highest standards, and if some crime is committed, like everybody else they should pay the price. Murder is murder.’

Marine A was found guilty by a court martial of shooting the injured insurgent in the chest at close range with a 9mm pistol, then taunting him: ‘Shuffle off this mortal coil, you c***.’

He was convicted after a two-and-a-half week trial of slaying the insurgent on September 15, 2011.

He will be sentenced on December 6 and could face life in prison.

His badly injured victim was found with an AK-47 assault rifle and grenade following an attack on a British base. He denied murder, claiming he thought the insurgent was already dead.

He is the first serviceman to be convicted of murder on active service abroad since the Second World War. 

 

His closest friends and family maintain that his killing was out of character.

A family friend told the Mail: ‘We know him and the shooting was not him, it wasn’t in character. He is keeping positive.’

Harrowing: Video from a Marine's helmet camera was shown at the court martial, which captured the moment Marine A murdered the Taliban soldier in this field Harrowing: Video from a Marine’s helmet camera was shown at the court martial, which captured the moment Marine A murdered the Taliban soldier in this field

Footage: The recording hears the group dragging the man's injured body with the marines apparently joking about refusing to give first aidFootage: The recording hears the group dragging the man’s injured body with the marines apparently joking about refusing to give first aid

Relatives of troops who died as they served alongside Marine A in 42 Commando criticised the military authorities for prosecuting him. One bereaved father said the decision was ‘inappropriate’. Others said the unique psychological pressures of war should be taken into account.

Retired Colonel Mike Dewar said it was important to ‘make exceptions for soldiers in extraordinary circumstances’. He added: ‘This is a completely different environment to a cold-blooded murder in normal circumstances.’

The sergeant, a 15-year veteran who served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, is preparing a last-ditch legal bid to block the release of his name.

His legal team plan to appeal against a ruling to lift the anonymity order, claiming it breached the commando’s human rights by putting him and his family at risk of revenge attacks.

But campaigners have warned that letting a convicted murderer hide behind a veil of secrecy would seriously undermine the principle of open justice. Murderers are usually named by the courts.

Some senior retired commanders, including Major General Julian Thompson, who led the elite commandos in the Falklands War, have called for leniency when Marine A is sentenced.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2499687/Marine-convicted-murder-clemency-heinous-crime.html#ixzz2kMw7Ni9M
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