After an eight-month investigation, three Marines were punished Monday for urinating on dead Taliban terrorists in a video that spread through the Internet in January.
The Marine Corps declined to reveal the specific punishments or the names of the Marines, who were deployed with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment from Camp Lejeune, N.C. Punishments in an administrative proceeding could include reduction in rank, restriction to base, extra duties, forfeiture of pay, a reprimand or a combination of these measures, the Corps said in a statement.
“We hold Marines to a high standard of ethical behavior. The Marine Corps takes misconduct by Marines very seriously and is committed to holding accountable those who are responsible,” the Corps said.
One of the Marines, a noncommissioned officer, pleaded guilty to wrongly posing for an unofficial photograph with human casualties and urinating on the body of a deceased Taliban militant. Another noncommissioned officer pleaded guilty to “wrongfully video-recording” the incident, as well as wrongfully posing for the photograph.
A staff noncommissioned officer admitted his guilt for failing to report the mistreatment of human casualties by other Marines and for making a false official statement to an investigator with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service concerning his knowledge of the video.
Disciplinary actions action against other Marines involved in the incident will be announced at a later date, the Corps said.