Sergeant Alexander Blackman, the Royal Marine jailed for shooting dead a wounded Taliban fighter has been released from prison.
Sgt Blackman received a life term in 2013 for murder, but his conviction was reduced to manslaughter at a second trial when it emerged that crucial evidence had been deliberately with-held by his chain of command.
Sergeant Blackman, who admits doing wrong, has been released after serving half of a seven year sentence and has been dismissed from the Royal Marines.
But what has happened to those officers who deliberately deceived the court at his original trial? It might be reasonable to assume that they too have been dismissed from service for their duplicity and lack of moral courage.
The Commandant General of the Royal Marines, Major General Robert Magowan, has said it is time to ‘move forward from the Blackman episode’ but continues to employ and promote the men who abandoned Sgt Blackman to his fate. The one officer willing to speak up for him and who provided the crucial evidence at his second trial has been dismissed.
It is another sad example of how the military top brass continue to fail the men and women under their command, eroding the values and standards on which our Armed Forces are founded.
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