70,000 sign peitition demanding release of Marine A Al Blackman, from Taunton (From Somerset County Gazette)
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70,000 sign peitition demanding release of Marine A Al Blackman, from Taunton
2:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014 in News
MORE than 70,000 have called for the release of a Royal Marine jailed for murdering a seriously injured Taliban insurgent on the battlefield in Afghanistan.
If a further 30,000 people sign an on-line petition calling for Sgt Alexander Blackman to be set free, MPs could then debate the issue.
Blackman, from Taunton – known as Marine A throughout his trial – was originally sent to prison for a minimum ten years for killing an injured insurgent in Helmand Province in 2011.
His actions were recorded on a colleague’s video camera and he was given a life sentence and dismissed with disgrace by a court martial last November, which said he should not be considered for parole for at least ten years.
That period was reduced to eight years at appeal earlier this year.