Following a video that surfaced in January of U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of insurgents in Afghanistan, two soldiers have been charged for their involvement in the incident.
According to TMZ, Staff Sergeants Joseph W. Chamblin and Edward W. Deptola are both facing charges of violating the uniform code of military justice.
The USMC said the video, which sparked outrage across the Internet, was likely recorded on July 27th, 2011 after a counter-insurgency mission in Afghanistan. It’s unclear which Marines in the clip, if any, are Chamblin and Deptola.
Both Marines are facing a slew of other charges including being derelict in their duties by failing to properly supervise junior Marines, failing to require junior Marines to wear their personal protective equipment, failing to stop and report the misconduct of junior Marines, failing to report the negligent discharge of a grenade launcher and failing to stop the indiscriminate firing of weapons.
“We will be as forthright as possible while preserving the rights of the
accused and fairness and integrity of the military justice process,”
the USMC said.
Both Marines will go to trial. The USMC is still investigating other cases in connection with the video.