British soldiersThree British soldiers from the Royal Marine are due to face trial over the alleged murder of a Taliban prisoner who was arrested during the clashes in Afghanistan.

The three British soldiers are accused of murdering a wounded Taliban fighter at a British military base earlier in September 2011.

British defense secretary Philip Hammond is briefing prime minister David Cameron regarding the progress of the case due to it’s sensitivity, as the British troops have been charged with the murder for the first during the Afghanistan conflict during the past 12 years.

The incident revealed while the British soldiers were investigated for an entirely unrelated crime, where a video of the three British soldiers and the wounded Taliban prisoner was found in the laptop of one of the soldiers.

A major investigation was launched after the civilian police offices informed the Royal Military Police, and the video evidence was cross-referenced with the reports of enemy engagements at that location on or about September 15, 2011, the British newspaper Daily Mail reported.

In the meantime a Facebook group has been formed with over 63,000 supporters for the British soldiers linked to the incident. However, there are fears that the UK-based terrorists will exploit the case for propaganda purposes.

The three soldiers have only been recognized as A, B and C, due to the sensitivity of the case, and Judge Advocate Jeff Blackett is expected to rule that anonymity orders for the three Marines should remain in place for the duration of legal proceedings.

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  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.