Marine A Alexander Blackman from Taunton has been released, campaigners have said.
Campaign group, Justice for Marine A, revealed the news this morning (Friday):
“We extremely pleased to announce that Al has been released and is in a safe/private location with Claire.
I'm at Erlestoke Prison where Royal Marine Sgt Alexander Blackman was released at 12.18am. He was driven away in an unmarked police car pic.twitter.com/3LkdL9MH1Y
— Claire Hayhurst (@clairehayhurst) April 27, 2017
Alexander Blackman, who has spent more than three years in jail, was sentenced last month to seven years in prison for diminished responsibility manslaughter following the overturning of his murder conviction.
Following the sentencing, Alexander Blackman’s wife, Claire, said:
“We are overjoyed at the judges’ decision to significantly reduce Al’s sentence such that he can be released imminently.
This is the moment we have all be fighting hard for. It is hard to believe that this day is finally here.”
Blackman was released from Erlestoke prison in Wiltshire in the early hours of Friday morning.