Messages of support and financial contributions have poured in after shocking evidence casting doubt on the jailed Royal Marine’s conviction was revealed.
There is an important legal point in addition to the new evidence. It is already recognised in law that in the heat of battle decision making is impaired and “combat immunity” exists where no legal “civil” claims can be made. Why is this not simply extended to other actions made in the heat of battle? This doesn’t give the military carte blanch to do whatever they like but it is a sensible immunity in battle. Combat is defined as in direct combat with the enemy, which I Would argue is right in Sgt Blackman’s case.
Thousands of people have been outraged by the plight of the veteran commando and his wife Claire.
His path to justice is via an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission and then the Courts Martial Appeal Court. It is a process that will take months of work by his new legal team.
Sgt Blackman, whose military wages ended with his dismissal from the Marines, and his wife Claire are being backed by a host of supporters including author Frederick Forsyth, West End lyricist Sir Tim Rice and retired Special Forces director Major General John Holmes who have set up a fund for anyone who wishes to contribute to the legal fees. I have now added my name to that list.