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Jailed Ex-Marine Challenges Murder Conviction
A former Royal Marine jailed for life last year for murdering an injured insurgent in Afghanistan is seeking to appeal his conviction.
Alexander Blackman, who was found guilty of the killing and dismissed from the Marines when he was sentenced in December, has lodged an appeal application, the Judicial Office has confirmed.
He is bidding to overturn both his conviction and sentence.
On November 8 a court martial board in Bulford, Wiltshire, found the 39-year-old guilty of murdering the insurgent who had been seriously injured in an attack by an Apache helicopter in Helmand more than two years ago.
Two other Marines were acquitted. Charges against a further two were previously discontinued.
Blackman, who denied murder, had 15 years' experience in the Royal Marines.
He completed tours of Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland during his military career and, before a video of the murder came to light, he was being considered for promotion to Colour Sergeant.
He has said he feels ashamed at his actions, describing them as "a stupid lack of self-control and lapse in judgment".
Blackman shot the injured Afghan fighter in the chest at close range with a 9mm pistol.
The murder was filmed by a camera mounted on the helmet of one of his colleagues.
A recording of his words captured him admitting he had broken the Geneva Convention on the treatment of war prisoners.
He was named after three leading judges overturned an anonymity ruling in what had become known as the "Marine A" case.
Sentencing Blackman in December, Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett told him: "You intended to kill him and that shot certainly hastened his death.
"This was not an action taken in the heat of battle.
"You treated that Afghan man with contempt and murdered him in cold blood.
"This offence was unique and unprecedented in recent history.
"You were obliged to care for him, instead you executed him."
After his sentencing, Blackman said he was "devastated" at being given a life sentence.
The married commando, known to friends and family as Al, said he was "very sorry" for his actions, which were filmed while on patrol in "the most dangerous square mile in Afghanistan".
The killing happened five months into an arduous six-month tour of Helmand province in 2011 with Plymouth-based 42 Commando.
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