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The officer accused of failing to stop a group of his Marines from urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters will be tried at a special court-martial, the Marine Corps announced Monday.

Capt. James V. Clement, executive officer for Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, will be tried for dereliction of duty and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman for failing to stop the misconduct of junior Marines, according to a Marine Corps press release. The date of the court-martial has not been set.

The urination incident happened in July 2011 in Helmand province, Afghanistan. A video of the incident was posted on YouTube in January 2012, sparking outrage and starting an investigation into the Marines’ behavior throughout the unit’s deployment.

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