ex-Special Forces soldier found innocent of assault of Talib prisoner

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  1. A paratrooper who was dragged through the military courts for hitting a Taliban suspect – in a case that cost more than £300,000 – was finally cleared yesterday.

    A judge threw out the Army’s case after describing the evidence against the soldier as ‘weak and tenuous’.

    IIRC the original charge was brought by female RMP corporal who wasn't even in the tent when the Talib tried to escape:

    Betrayal of a war hero: Why did the Army pursue Para through the courts for two years at a cost of £300,000... just for stopping a Taliban suspect fleeing? | Mail Online
     
  2. daywalker

    daywalker LE Reviewer

    Can we link this to the "why does the army hate RMP's" thread......
     
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  3. It's a pity it took so long before someone realised that the charges against him where a joke, another good bloke leaves the army with a bitter taste.
     
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  4. … but all the boxes were ticked!… and common sense left in the locker.
     
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  5. Spunking 300K on trying to find out whether this lad rightly or wrongly bruised the lip of a suspected insurgent seems very excessive. It strikes as utter madness when you consider the supposed “victim” himself never had any complaint.

    The only thing criminal about all this is that there was no one within the RMP chain with a firm enough grasp on reality to swiftly stick this accusation where it belonged....in the gash bag.
     
  6. What, and instead end up on the front page of the Mail under the headline 'Is This Man Covering Up Racist War Crimes?' Moral courage is all very well in the abstract, but when it comes to it, people see a shit sandwich and pass it along rather than biting in to it.
     
  7. I hope he sues the shit out of them.
     
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  8. On the flip side allowing an investigation of something so serious go ahead based on rumour or hearsay, I'm sure those involved careers won't have suffered as the man in questions did?
     
  9. = power kick.
     
  10. Their careers are not important. What's far more important is the impact that something like this has on morale and the actions that soldiers are willing to take. It's important that actions is taken and, despite my previous post, I don't fault the RMP bird for reporting it. However, as others have mentioned, somebody should have looked at this in context and kicked it into the long grass. It's not as thought he cut his ears off or beat him senseless.
     
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  12. daywalker

    daywalker LE Reviewer

    And your experience in the military is what exactly....?
     
  13. She was the LCpl that bubbled him. :)
     
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  14. Thats sort of her job.
    L/cpls shouldnt be making that sort of decision.
    Although somebody higher up the chain of command should have closed it down a lot sooner.
     
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