posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 05:11 AM
Fury of a hero betrayed: Para prosecuted for punching a Taliban suspect who was trying to escape speaks out for the first time
This much decorated Para watched six friends die in action. How did the Army repay him? By spending two years - and £300,000 - chasing him through
the courts for punching a fleeing Taliban suspect
In March 2010, as his troops were coming under fire, he punched a Taliban suspect once in the face as he interrogated him in Helmand province.
He was quizzing the man to establish the possible location of improvised explosive devices that have murdered and maimed British troops. He hit him
only when he tried to escape.
But the soldier was charged with battery and placed under investigation. For two long years he has been forced to live under a cloud and quit in
disgust the job that was his life for nine years.
The investigation rumbled on and there came a point when he could take no more. In January, he resigned from the Army and returned to Glasgow.
‘I wanted nothing more to do with the Army by that point. I felt really angry. I knew that I was in the right, that this was an injustice. I
wasn’t guilty. But nobody wanted to listen,’ he says.
‘I had this thing hanging over me, my life in limbo, it was awful. But I didn’t let myself get depressed, I’m not that type. I took it on the
chin.’ Last year there were several court martial hearings, at which admissibility of evidence was discussed.
Last July, the Court Martial Appeal Court ruled that Ahmed Wali’s evidence was ‘unreliable’ and that the military police had breached the strict
rules of investigation.
But even that was not enough to close the case.
On Monday, more than two years after Corporal C’s encounter with Ahmed Wali, the court martial finally began in Portsmouth.
Yesterday, Corporal C sat still, his back upright, as the judge formally exonerated him and told him he was free to leave.
So why would the top brass betray in such a way a soldier who has won medals for his loyal service to Britain in battle? The inevitable answer?
So a British para is court marshalled for punching a Taliban who tries to escape while the paras are under fire?
Isn't this typical of political correctness? Look after the bad guys first?
It's time that our soldiers fighting in Afghanistan are given the respect they deserve and the politically correct morons who brought this charge
spent so time with the Taliban discussing human rights.