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Reports are suggesting that the appeal of jailed former Royal Marine Alexander Blackman will be heard by a special court containing five of Britain's most senior judges.

The panel will include the Lord Chief Justice, and serves as a marker of the case's growing national importance, according to the Daily Mail.

The appeal by Blackman, who was jailed for life after shooting a wounded Taliban fighter in 2011, could be a landmark case when it comes to the legal treatment of British troops.

Appeals are usually presided over by two or three judges.

The paper claims that the panel will include Lord Chief Justice Thomas, Lord Justice Leveson, the third most senior judge in England and Wales, and Lady Justice Hallett, the eighth most senior.

The appeal will begin on February 8th.

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