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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.
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.
So a British para is court marshalled for punching a Taliban who tries to escape while the paras are under fire?