Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Disgraced soldiers who admitted abusing Afghan civilians in warzone are allowed to stay anonymous because of fears over Lee Rigby murder

  • Two soldiers admitted offences during tour of Afghanistan 

  • Given anonymity after judge ruled naming them would risk their life

  • Solider X was fined £1,000 after admitting pulling a child’s hand to his crotch while saying ‘Touch my special place’ 

  • Soldier cleared of disgraceful conduct of an indecent kind and of forcing an Afghan girl to touch him on a separate occasion

  • Soldier Y, a serving NCO, has been reduced to the ranks 

  • Admitted photographing man holding a racist sign that read ‘Silly P*ki’ 

Two disgraced soldiers who abused Afghan civilians will be allowed to stay anonymous because of fears they could become victims of a ‘lone wolf’ attack like soldier Lee Rigby.

A 22-year-old ex-private was fined £1,000 after admitting pulling a young boy’s hand towards his genitals and saying ‘Touch my special place’.

His 23-year-old comrade, a serving non-commissioned officer, was demoted in rank after pleading guilty to racially insulting a local man by photographing him holding a sign reading ‘Silly Paki’.

But controversially the judge at the court martial today ruled the shamed troops’ names should be shrouded in secrecy following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby


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