Court martial likely over desecration

Sat, Jan 14, 2012, 00:00

WASHINGTON – Four US marines identified by the military as the soldiers filmed urinating on corpses in Afghanistan are likely to face a court martial after a US military commander said such actions were a “grave breach” of the laws of war.

The soldiers were members of a sniper unit that completed a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan’s Helmund province last year.

Desecrating bodies is a crime under US military law and the Geneva conventions.

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said she believed the men may be guilty of a war crime.The marine corps has launched its own inquiry. – ( Guardianservice)