ed note–and yet, according to Tony Blair, we are supposed to see ISLAM as the problem, and that murders such as what took place 2 weeks ago against a British soldier have nothing to do with what the British have done to Muslims in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, etc??
Yeah, makes sense to the rest of the sane world…
- Two soldiers admitted offences during tour of Afghanistan
- Given anonymity after judge ruled naming them would risk their life
- Solider X pulled an Afghan boy’s hand towards his crotch while saying ‘Touch my special place’ and insulted another boy, aged about 10
- Soldier Y had an Afghan man photographed holding a racist sign that read ‘Silly P*ki’
Two British soldiers have admitted abusing Afghan civilians at a court martial hearing today.
One serviceman, known as Soldier X, admitted indecent conduct towards a young boy while on patrol in Helmand province in December 2011.
The second soldier, known as Soldier Y, pleaded guilty to racially abusing an Afghan man during a tour of the country.
The soldier who is a serving Lance Bombardier admitted being involved in having an Afghan man photographed with a sign which read ‘Silly P*ki’.
Soldier X, who has since left the Army, was fined £1,000 and Soldier Y has been reduced to the ranks.
Their patrol commander was cleared of failing in his duty to deal with the offences at the hearing in Sennelager, Germany.
All three have been granted anonymity due to fears that naming them would endanger their lives of that of their families.
At the time of the offences Soldier X and Soldier Y were serving with 1 Yorks in Lashkar Gah West, although neither were members of that regiment.
Soldier X, who is now 22 and was a private, admitted pulling an Afghan boy’s hand towards his crotch while saying ‘Touch my special place’.
The soldier pleaded guilty to conduct to the prejudice of good order and service discipline at the start of a court martial.
The offence took place while he was on tour in Afghanistan in December 2011.
Soldier X was seen by a female member of the Royal Military Police, a Lance Corporal Mawson, being filmed near a checkpoint while telling a young Afghan boy to touch his privates and pulling on his hand.
Video footage recovered by his checkpoint commander of the incident was shown today to the court.
It showed the former serviceman with a child who appeared to be around five years old, surrounded by other soldiers and laughing as he repeated ‘touch my special place’ several times.
At court today, Soldier X admitted insulting another Afghan child between October 16, 2011 and January 6, 2012.
In a second film, which he recorded himself, Soldier X can be heard making comments about other soldiers in which he claims they are paedophiles.
Later in the footage an Afghan boy of around 10 comes up to him, smiling and offering to shake his hand.
Soldier X was heard insulting the boy, telling him to ‘f*** off’ and calling him a ‘f****** c***’ before the child turns back in surprise.
Soldier X was cleared of disgraceful conduct of an indecent kind and of forcing an Afghan girl to touch him on a separate occasion.
Peter Glenser, for the defence, said the films were made in imitation of comic movie The Hangover, but admitted his client had an ‘immature sense of humour’.
‘You may think that Ricky Gervais does not have much to worry about in terms of competition from Soldier X,’ Mr Glenser said.
The former soldier, who was wearing a grey suit and white shirt in court, has since moved into the building trade.
Soldier Y, now 23, admitted being involved in having an Afghan man photographed with a sign which read ‘Silly P*ki’.
The court was shown a picture of him posing with an Afghan man holding the racist sign.
Lt Col England said: ‘Soldier Y’s conduct was racist, it was insulting, it was likely to cause harassment or distress to the local male or other local males who might see it.’
Izzy Hogg, for the defence, said in mitigation that her client was not racist and had not been brought up in such a way.
‘His godfather is black and his best friend is Filipino,’ she said.
‘He accepts that it shouldn’t have happened and that he stepped over the line.’
The serviceman pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated offence likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress under the Crime and Disorder Act.
He was initially charged with conduct to the prejudice of good order and service discipline but prosecutor Lt Col Jane England accepted his guilty plea to the separate offence.
The patrol commander of the two soldiers, referred to as Soldier Z, was cleared.
The Press Association requested that the anonymity order be lifted but the judge refused citing the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich.
Judge Advocate Large said: ‘Very especially in the light of recent events in London and the threat posed by lone wolves it seems to me that it would be wrong to lift the restrictions.
‘I accept that it would usually be wrong to make such an order and this should not be seen as an attempt by the military to hide behind the law.
‘It was made in response to very specific circumstances and on specific grounds.’