Over 1,000 people gathered on Parliament Square in Westminster today to demand justice for ‘Marine A’ Sergeant Alexander Blackman, who was imprisoned in 2013 for the “murder” of a Taliban enemy combatant in Helmand, Afghanistan, in 2011. Sgt. Blackman, 41, was handed a life sentence after Britain’s High Court ruled that he breached by 2006 Armed Forces Act by killing an enemy combatant. The court ruled that the enemy was injured, disarmed, and imprisoned, and therefore ruled the case was a murder.
A video of the incident shows Sgt. Blackman allegedly telling the Taliban combatant: “There you are, shuffle off this mortal coil, you cunt. It’s nothing you wouldn’t do to us”.
But campaigners argue that Sgt. Blackman’s trial in a civilian court is both extraordinary and serves to cover up the failings of his seniors. The marine is known to have suffered multiple losses of friends in Helmand, as well as having been on the receiving end of a number of deadly Taliban attacks. He argued that he believed his enemy was already dead when he shot him.
Over 1000 supporters, including well known figures and many former and current members of the Armed Services, gathered in Westminster today to protest his treatment by the British government.
In attendance were Marine A supporters including author Frederick Forsyth, former EDL leader Tommy Robinson, and Members of Parliament.