Fury of a hero betrayed: Para prosecuted for punching a Taliban suspect

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posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 05:11 AM
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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? Political correctness.

Daily Mail


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.




posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 05:16 AM
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It's retarded because so many of them get away killing "suspected this" and "alleged that". But a punch leading to 300.000 pounds in court cases? That was a protected man.



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 05:20 AM
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PC pathetic! The man is a hero and gets treated as such?

Shame! Shame on a society that treats the murderous scum far better than a man serving in honour of his country.

*spit*



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 05:36 AM
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What a travesty.

Words fail.

ETA: I think this man was a scapegoat of sorts. "We are the good guys, we will prosecute our own if needed."

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posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 07:11 PM
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No, it would be the law, it's a legal thing, and had to be pursued as a complaint had been made.



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 07:12 PM
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Originally posted by smurfy
No, it would be the law, it's a legal thing, and had to be pursued as a complaint had been made.



come on now, dont let facts get in the way of some good propaganda....



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 07:19 PM
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So a British para is court marshalled for punching a Taliban who tries to escape while the paras are under fire?


A British solider should act in accordance with the law. This is not a US solider we expect better here in the UK regarding a solider conduct and rightly so. It is not the soldiers job to punish the man, he is a POW and deserves to be treated as such.



posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 07:30 PM
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He's not a ''hero''.


US and British soldiers in Afghanistan are nothing more than glorified mercenaries.

As for the case in question ? There are specific rules of combat which soldiers must abide by. If those in charge thought that there were sufficient grounds to court-martial him for his alleged misdemeanours, then so be it.

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posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 08:08 PM
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By the end of the first post the victim has gone from being a suspect, to being a full blown terrorist. By the end of the thread he will be the anti-Christ. What is a para?
Nevermind, I found it. some sort of chick soldier I guess.
medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com...
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