Murder cases of two Plymouth Royal Marines are dropped
Murder charges against two of five Royal Marines accused of killing a man in Afghanistan have been dropped.
The marines, from Plymouth-based 3 Commando Brigade, were accused of the murder of a Taliban insurgent in Afghanistan on September 15, 2011.
They were arrested after a video was discovered on the laptop of a Royal Marine who was picked up by UK police over an unrelated matter.
The seized clip allegedly showed members of a Royal Marine patrol standing over an unarmed Taliban fighter as he lay dying on the ground.
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Nine marines were held and five of them became the first British troops to be charged with murder in Afghanistan since UK forces were deployed there in 2001.
They were referred to only as marines A, B, C, D and E in court martial proceedings. Following a review the Service Prosecuting Authority confirmed charges against marines D and E have been dropped. The three others still face charges.
During a six-month tour of duty, which lasted from April to October 2011, 3 Commando Brigade saw seven servicemen killed in action, all from Plymouth-based 42 Commando.