Two British soldiers admit abusing Afghan civilians

Two British soldiers have been sentenced for abusing Afghan civilians, including children, during the ongoing war in the country.

One of the serviceman, known only as Soldier X, admitted pulling an Afghan boy’s hand towards his crotch and saying: ‘Touch my special place’ while he was on tour in Afghanistan in December 2011, a court martial heard.

He pleaded guilty to conduct to the prejudice of good order and service discipline at the start of a court martial in Sennelager, Germany. He was later fined £1,000.

Soldier X, who has been granted anonymity amid fears for his life and his family’s safety, also admitted insulting another Afghan child between October 2011 and January 2012.

The second serviceman, a 23-year-old serving officer, known as Soldier Y, admitted that he was involved in having an Afghan man photographed with a sign which read ‘Silly Paki’ between the same dates.

He pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated offence likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress under the Crime and Disorder Act. He was later reduced to the ranks during sentencing.

The pair’s patrol commander, referred to as Soldier Z, was cleared of failing in his duty to deal with the offences.

And Soldier X was cleared of disgraceful conduct of an indecent kind and of forcing an Afghan girl to touch him on a separate occasion.