Two Marines now face criminal charges for urinating on dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan last year, the Marine Corps announced Monday.
Staff Sergeants Joseph W. Chamblin and Edward W. Deptola were referred to trial by court martial Friday — months after their actions came to light in an explosive video of the incident.
Chamblin and Deptola, both based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., were charged with "posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties," the Marine Corps said.
The lurid video, which drew widespread condemnation when it surfaced on the Internet in January, was shot either on or around July 27, 2011.
In it, four Marines clad in full combat gear are seen spraying urine on three bloodied corpses.
"Have a great day, buddy," one troop member says.
"Golden — like a shower,” another adds.
The video was uploaded to YouTube by user "semperfiLoneVoice" with the caption: "I thought Marines were supposed to do the right thing when no one is watching."
The video was later taken down.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta quickly blasted the culprits' behavior, telling Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the clip was "utterly deplorable," Panetta's spokesman said in January.
Karzai slammed the Marines' actions at the time as "simply inhumane."
Three other Marines received administrative punishments for the incident on August 27.
Chamblin and Deptola also face charges for failing to adequately supervise junior Marines on the day of the incident and failing to stop and report their misconduct, including the "negligent discharge of a grenade launcher."
There are other pending cases in relation to the urination incident, the Marine Corps said.
However, it declined to elaborate further.
By Christine Roberts / New York Daily News
With News Wire Services