Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Five Royal Marines charged with murder.....

Five Royal Marines have been charged with murder, they will face these charges at a Court Martial. First of all you will say you fully support the investigation and charge of the five servicemen, especially as you believe that for the DSP to authorise a charge there must be reliable evidence, however you posted this on July the 6th 2012:

'The Service Justice System and the Criminal Justice System both operate in the United Kingdom. They are similar, but certainly not identical.

Where they are different, they are different in a way that could be frightening....

Odds: 10/2 - If you are a civilian being tried at crown court for murder, all you have to do is convince two out of twelve of your 'peers' that you are not guilty......

Odds: 4/3 - If you are a member of the Armed Forces being tried at a court martial for murder, all you have to do is convince four out of seven senior members of the Armed Forces that you are not guilty.....

A Court Martial can sentence a person convicted of a service offence to life imprisonment. The jury at the court martial is made up of three to seven serviceman consisting of officers and warrant officers.

A Crown Court can sentence a person convicted of an offence to life imprisonment. The jury at a crown court is made up of twelve men and women, 'peers' of the defendant. The definition of 'peers' is as follows:

'A person who is equal to another in abilities, qualifications, age, background, and social status.'

Imagine being a young enlisted serviceman, on trial for murder at a Court Martial, walking into the court room, finding out that you are going to be judged by not twelve, but seven, that they are not your peers, but are unlike you in most ways possible, and that it will not have to be a unanimous verdict, but a majority verdict, that could send you to prison for the rest of your life.......

Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights states:

'In the determination of his civil rights and obligations or of any criminal charge against him, everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law.'

Irrespective of whether or not they are guilty, that serviceman you mentioned above, will be each and every one of those five Royal Marines, and that frightens you, and angers you.

'Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere.' 

Martin Luther King Jr. 


At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Royal Wootton Bassett, twinned with Suckerville and Miniature Dachshund. What are you doing in another man's country? An unwinable war for US oil goals.


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