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Duterte pardons US Marine jailed for 2014 transgender killing

Move sparks condemnation as 'mockery of justice' in Philippines

Activists in 2015 display images of U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, after he was found guilty by a trial court of killing Jennifer Laude, a transgender woman.   © Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday pardoned a United States Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the country nearly six years ago, sparking condemnation from activists who described the move as a "mockery of justice".

Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was jailed in 2015 for killing Jennifer Laude near a former U.S. navy base. A trial court signed off on his early release last week for good conduct, but was blocked by an appeal from Laude's lawyers.

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