More than 40,000 people have signed up to a Facebook campaign supporting Royal Marine Sergeant Mark Leader, who was sacked after assaulting an Afghan prisoner with a Wellington boot.
The group, which calls for his reinstatement, was launched after The Mail on Sunday highlighted 34-year-old Sgt Leader’s story last week.
A court martial dismissed him and Captain Jody Wheelhouse for causing actual bodily harm to a suspect arrested for allegedly planting a roadside bomb.
Under the title Justice For Royal Marine Commando Mark Leader, 42,550 supporters, many of them servicemen and women, have been signing up to the campaign at the rate of one every 12 seconds.
They are also asked to sign a petition calling for his reinstatement and the return of his pension rights.
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