Wife says Sgt who executed Taliban fighter not a murderer


The Royal Marine jailed for executing a wounded Taliban fighter is not a murderer and acted in a moment of madness that he wishes he could undo, his wife has said. In an interview with The Telegraph, Claire Blackman said the life sentence given to her husband, Sgt Alexander Blackman, was too severe and that he could not be compared with a common killer in this country.

Sgt Blackman, who was previously known as Marine A until his anonymity was lifted, was jailed for a minimum of 10 years last week after being found guilty of killing the Afghan insurgent in a battlefield execution. His case provoked an outpouring of public support with many people suggesting he should be shown clemency. Speaking for the first time about her husband’s case, Mrs Blackman admitted that he should not have shot the man and that he was ashamed of having done so.

Read more: telegraph.co.uk

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