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Marines face captive death trial
Three Royal Marines will go trial today accused of killing a captured Afghan national.
The servicemen, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, face a court martial charged with murder while on active duty in Afghanistan.
The commandos, known in court as Marines A, B and C, are accused of murdering an unknown captured Afghan national on or about September 15 2011 contrary to Section 42 of the Armed Forces Act (2006).
The prosecution of two others, known as Marines D and E, was discontinued earlier this year by the Service Prosecution Authority.
An anonymity order, granted last year to protect the identities of the five by Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett remains in force until further notice.
Making the ruling last November, the judge said the defendants would be at "real and immediate risk" from "organised terrorist activity and 'lone wolves'", if their names were made public.
The marines were arrested by the Royal Military Police in October last year, after suspicious video footage was found on a serviceman's laptop by civilian police in the UK.
The trial will take place at the Military Court Centre in Bulford, Wiltshire, and could last up to three weeks before Judge Blackett.
The three defendants have been released on bail.