Guilty or not, they’re idiots. In addition to the five, four others have been released pending further enquiries.
The servicemen are understood to have been arrested after a video was discovered on a laptop belonging to a Royal Marine.
The clip appears to show members of a Royal Marine patrol standing around a Taliban fighter as he lay injured on the ground in a compound.
They were apparently discussing what to do with him and whether to administer first aid but the film is said to cut out before anything happens.
The Royal Military Police have confirmed the man died, sources told The Daily Telegraph.
The footage was discovered after one of the members of the patrol was arrested by civilian police in the UK over an unrelated matter, it is understood.
Some might say the mistake was filming whatever went on. Don’t youngsters these days know that what goes on tour stays on tour? What I’ve seen on rugby tours and stag weekends would spark a dozen divorces if it ever got back, but now everyone has a mania for recording absolutely everything. It’s like the US Marines watersports video a few months ago. Stone the crows, if you’re going to get up to something at least make sure no-one’s got his phone out to capture it, either for posterity or the rozzers when someone blabs or their computer is searched on unrelated business.