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Afghanistan murder case soldiers in battle over anonymity

By Cathy Gordon

Five Royal Marines have lodged a challenge against a ruling that they can be named following the conviction of one of them for the murder of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan.

During the trial of three of the servicemen at a court martial in Wiltshire an order was in place which prevented the names being made public.

On November 8 a court martial board found a commando, known only as Marine A, guilty of murdering the man in Helmand Province more than two years ago.

Two others were acquitted. Charges against a further two Marines had previously been discontinued.

Their challenge relates to a ruling by Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett that all five should be identified publicly.

A hearing before the Court Martial Appeal Court is expected to be held in the week beginning November 25.

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