'Marine A' Alexander Blackman To Be Released 'In The Next 24 Hours'

Alexander Blackman, the former Royal Marine jailed for killing an injured Taliban fighter, is to be released from prison within the next 24 hours.

Forces News can confirm that Blackman, who became known as 'Marine A' during his trial, will leave Erlestoke prison, Wiltshire, in the next day.

He will be then reunited with his wife, Claire, at a secret location.

According to reports, he will receive police protection when he is released from prison because his actions have made him a terrorist target.

Claire Blackman told Forces News last month that her husband "deeply regrets" killing a Taliban fighter while serving in Afghanistan:

"He's never been proud of that moment. Never. He deeply regrets it. He would reverse the clock and undo it if he ever possibly could."

Watch the full interview below:

Blackman was convicted of murder in 2013 and jailed for life.

Following a court martial appeal and a campaign led by his wife and supporters, the former Sergeant had his conviction for murder downgraded to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

As part of his sentencing on March 28, Alexander Blackman was formally discharged from the Royal Marines.