Wife makes bid to clear Marine A's name

The wife of a former Plymouth Royal Marine jailed for murdering a Taliban fighter is submitting a bid to the Criminal Cases Review Commission to have his case referred back to the Court of Appeal. Psychiatrists claim Alexander Blackman was suffering from a 'recognised mental illness' at the time that went undiagnosed.

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MPs to debate case of Marine jailed for Taliban shooting

Sgt Alexander Blackman.

MPs will today get their chance to debate the case of Plymouth-based marine Alexander Blackman, also known as Marine A.

Sgt Blackman was convicted and jailed for the murder of a wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan. Supporters, including MP Richard Drax, say the verdict should be reviewed in the light of new evidence about combat stress.

Wife of Plymouth Marine 'overwhelmed' by public support

A new campaign has begun to free Sgt Alexander Blackman.

The wife of a Plymouth-based Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured Taliban gunman, has today thanked supporters who've backed a new campaign to reopen his case.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman was jailed after shooting the Taliban fighter in Afghanistan - the man had already been wounded in battle. A top lawyer has now been secured to examine Sergeant Blackman's case, and pressure is mounting ahead of a parliamentary debate tomorrow. His wife Claire says they will not give up.

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Top lawyer helping Royal Marine jailed for Taliban killing

Former Sergeant Alexander Blackman.

One of Britain's top defence lawyers has joined a campaign to free a Royal Marine convicted and jailed for life for the murder of a Taliban gunman.

Sgt Alexander Blackman from Plymouth shot the Afghan fighter, who'd already been wounded by fire from an Apache helicopter.

Jonathan Goldberg QC hopes to take the case to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, backed by MPs, Sgt Blackman's former commanding officer, and the thriller writer Frederick Forsyth.

"The point that cries out to us straightaway is that the manslaughter alternative which is inherent whenever a murder charge is brought, was never raised to any of the previous tribunals. And we think the facts called out for it."

– Jonathan Goldberg QC, defence barrister

Sgt Blackman's wife has said she will not give up the fight to bring her husband home.

Marine's wife says she will not give up fight to bring husband home

The wife of a Plymouth based Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured Afghan fighter on the battlefield says she will not give up the fight to bring her husband home.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman shot his victim in the chest at close range in Helmand province after the Afghan had been seriously injured in July 2011.

Blackman was given a life sentence and ordered to serve a minimum of 10 years after being found guilty in 2013.

In a TV appeal for donations to help fund their latest legal appeal Claire Blackman says "had the roles been reversed that man would have tortured my husband before killing him."

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