Marines begin process to arraign pee video accused

Marines begin process to arraign pee video accused

The Marine Corps took a first, formal step on Friday toward possible charges against four troops who, in a video widely circulated on television and the internet, appear to be urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters.

The Corps named a lead investigating officer whose job would include deciding what charges, if any, would be brought against the four men — all of whom have been identified, said a Corps official on condition of anonymity.

None of the suspects have been detained, the official said. At least two are still part of the same unit involved in the video — the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, based out of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, said a second official.

That unit served in Afghanistan’s Helmand province from March until September of 2011, the second official said.

Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos said in a statement on Friday he would not “rest until the allegations and the events surrounding them have been resolved.”