Sgt. Alexander Blackman, better known as Marine A, shot and killed an injured Taliban fighter in 2011. He was sentenced to life for this. Earlier this month, an Appeal Court judges cut it to manslaughter, giving him seven years. The judges agreed that Blackman did not preform a ‘cold-blooded execution’. Now, he, his wife, and the hundreds who support them are crying tears of joy. Blackman will be out in two weeks.
Upon his release, Sgt. Blackman will have served three-and-a-half years in prison. Do you think this is long enough? Or should he not have had any jail time?
The former marine appearing by video link and looked stunned and then smiled broadly as he learned he would soon be a free man – his wife Claire had tears in her eyes and her face crumpled when the sentence was passed.
Afterwards Mrs Blackman was described by her husband’s QC Jonathan Goldberg as ‘the lioness who inspired us throughout’ and was given a ‘three cheers’ and a bagpipes salute from marines who popped Champagne corks, drank from hipflasks and planted kisses on her cheek.
Speaking on the steps of the High Court she thanked Daily Mail readers who raised £800,000 towards her husband’s legal fees and said: ‘This is the moment that we have all been fighting hard for. It is hard to believe that this day is finally here’.
She added: ‘We are overjoyed at the judges’ decision to significantly reduce Al’s sentence, such that he can be released imminently’.
The momentous decision sealed a stunning victory for the campaign for justice for Sgt Blackman, who was jailed for life in 2013 for shooting a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan in 2011.