Judge blocks release of Royal Marines 'Taliban execution' video

A military judge has blocked the publication of a video that is alleged to show Royal Marines executing a wounded Taliban prisoner.

Judge Jeff Blackett opposed a request from newspapers and broadcasters to have the film released with the men’s faces obscured.

He said it had "significant radicalising potential that would be a gift to terrorist organisations as it would play on the central narrative about the nature of Western forces occupation".

"I also have no doubt that if released there is a very high risk it would be used as propaganda material by terrorist organisations in order to radicalise others."

Three Marines have pleaded not guilty to murdering the captive in a court martial at Bulford military court in Wiltshire.

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