A British military patrol has killed in cold blood an injured prisoner of war in Afghanistan after he had been found lying helpless in a field.
The military tribunal in Bulford, Wiltshire was shown footage of the “battlefield execution” of the Taliban fighter in Helmand Province two years ago, which was recorded by the helmet camera of one of the murderers.
Footage showed a sergeant in charge of the group, who leaned to fire a bullet into the blood-covered chest of the young Afghan.
Frightened of being cut, the British murderers pretend that they are giving the victim, who was left twitching and gasping for breath, first aid.
The court was told: “They then called in their base, saying the man had died from the injuries he had already suffered in a helicopter strike.”
British troops had already been involved in the killing of civilians in Iraq, for which they have been prosecuted, but this is the first case, in which UK troopers are being prosecuted for murdering Afghans.
The murderers, who are not named upon a court order, pleaded not guilty.
However, David Perry, prosecuting, said: “The video speaks for itself. It clearly shows they killed an injured man; it shows they lied about the circumstances in which the injured man met his death. It was not a killing in the heat and exercise of any armed conflict. The prosecution case is that it amounted to an execution, a field execution.”