(WASHINGTON) — The Marine captain in charge of the men who were allegedly caught on camera urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters will face his own court-martial, the Marine Corps announced Monday.
Capt. James Clement will be tried for alleged dereliction of duty, conduct unbecoming of an officer and failure to stop misconduct by those under his command, the Corps said.
The video, which was reportedly taken in July 2011 and appeared online in January 2012, appears to show four men in uniform looking around before urinating on three dead bodies. At least one of the men chuckles as they do so.
“Have a great day, buddy,” one of the men is heard saying, apparently to a dead body.
Military investigators quickly identified the four Marines from the 3/2 Marine battalion out of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Two of the Marines were demoted after they pleaded guilty in separate courts-martial and another Marine is awaiting trial. Three other Marines involved received non-judicial punishments. Clement is not seen in the video.
A trial date for Clement has not been set.
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Felicia Bolton, WMC