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  • 19 December 2013, 17:13

Afghan Murder: Two Innocent Marines Named

Two Royal Marines who were acquitted of the murder of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan have been named for the first time.

The High Court confirmed that an anonymity order preventing the identification of Corporal Christopher Glyn Watson and Marine Jack Alexander Hammond has been lifted.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman was found guilty of murder by a court martial board last month and sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison.

He was named after three leading judges overturned an anonymity ruling in what had become known as the "Marine A" case.

The identities of the two innocent marines were not released at the same time because of a possible move by their lawyers to take the issue to the Supreme Court.

Lawyers had argued that releasing their identities would put their lives at "real and immediate" risk.

Sgt Blackmanshot the injured Afghan fighter in the chest at close range with a 9mm pistol in Helmand Province more than two years ago.

The murder was filmed by a camera mounted on the helmet of one of his colleagues.

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