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US marine to be court martialed over 'urine video'

A US Marine officer will be court martialed for his alleged role in the scandal sparked by a 2011 video that showed American soldiers urinating on the corpse of Taliban fighter.

world Updated: May 14, 2013 10:51 IST

A US Marine officer will be court martialed for his alleged role in the scandal sparked by a 2011 video that showed American soldiers urinating on the corpse of Taliban fighter.

Captain James V Clement will be tried at a special court-martial for his alleged misconduct during a counter-insurgency operation in the vicinity of Sandala, Musa Qala District in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on or about July 27, 2011, the US Marine Corps said in a statement.

"Clement will be tried for dereliction of duty and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentlemen for failing to stop the misconduct of junior Marines," the statement said adding that the date of the court-martial has not been determined and will be announced later.

The charges against Clement were referred to a special court-martial on May 10, 2013 by Lieutenant General Richard Mills, the Commanding General of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, who commanded the Marine forces in southwest Afghanistan in 2010.