UK soldiers confess to abusing Afghan civilians

UK soldiers confess to abusing Afghan civilians
Tue Jun 4, 2013 20:50:29

Two British soldiers have confessed to abusing Afghan civilians, including one child, during their presence as international forces in Afghanistan.

One of them racially abused an Afghan man, while the other pleaded guilty to indecent behavior towards a child, according to a court martial hearing in Germany.

At the trial, which was held in Sennelager, northwest Germany, one of the two guilty soldiers – identified as ‘Soldier X’ – said that in December 2011 he had forced a child into doing sexual acts. 

‘Soldier X’ further admitted to insulting a different Afghan child between October 2011 and January 2012.

He pleaded guilty to 'an act that is prejudicial to good order and service discipline.'

The second soldier, known as ‘Soldier Y,’ admitted to being involved in photographing a grown Afghan man with a sign reading “Silly Paki” hung around his neck, between October 2011 and January 2012.

He pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated offense likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress under the Crime and Disorder Act.

The soldiers were granted anonymity on the grounds that identifying them could endanger them and their families.

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