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Hundreds expected to march in support of jailed former Royal Marine

Former Sergeant Alexander Blackman was jailed for life after being convicted of murdering the wounded Afghan captive in September 2011

Hundreds of people are expected to gather in London's Parliament Square today for a rally in support of a former Royal Marine from Taunton who was jailed for killing a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan.

Former Sergeant Alexander Blackman - also known as Marine A - was jailed for life after being convicted of murdering the wounded Afghan captive in September 2011. The MoD has banned military men and women from attending the rally as it has been labelled as a political protest.

Rally organiser: 'MoD's response is very disappointing'

A former marine, who helped organise tomorrow's rally for Alexander Blackman, says the MoD's response is "very, very disappointing".

John Davies says he's not surprised that military personnel will face disciplinary action if they show support for the Royal Marine from Taunton jailed for murdering an Afghan insurgent.

He claims 1400 people are expected to attend tomorrows march:

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Stars come out for the Royal Marines' birthday

Harrison Ford is one of the stars to appear on a video wishing the Royal Marines a happy birthday Credit: Royal Marines

Some famous faces have appeared on a video wishing the Royal Marines a happy 350th anniversary.

They include The Prime Minister, Bear Grylls, Harrison Ford, Ross Kemp, Caroline Quentin, Tom Hardy and Henry Cavill.

You can watch the video here.

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High Court appeal for marine convicted of murder

Sgt Alexander Blackman was convicted of murder for killing an injured Taliban fighter Credit: PA

A Royal Marine convicted of murder for killing an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan will have his appeal heard by the High Court later today.

Sergeant Al Blackman from Taunton was found guilty by a court martial and given a life sentence with a minimum of 10 years.

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