Could Tony Blair face trial over war crimes in Iraq? Here's what Jeremy Corbyn has to say

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair should face trial over the Iraq war in 2003, Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn said yesterday.

Speaking on BBC Newsnight, Corbyn said: “We went into a war that was catastrophic, that was illegal, that cost us a lot of money, that lost a lot of lives, and the consequences are still played out with migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, refugees all over the region.”

When asked whether Blair should stand trial on war charges, Corbyn said: “If he’s committed a war crime, yes. Everyone who’s committed a war crime should be.

“I think it was an illegal war, I’m confident about that, indeed (former UN secretary general) Kofi Annan confirmed it was an illegal war, and therefore he has to explain to that.

“Is he going to be tried for it, I don’t know. Could he be tried for it? Possibly.”

Corbyn called for the Chilcot report, an inquiry into Britain’s role in the Iraq War, to come out as soon as possible.

He said: “The Chilcot report is going to come out sometime. I hope it comes out soon. I think there are some decisions Tony Blair has got to confess or tell us what actually happened. What happened in Crawford, Texas, in 2002 in his private meetings with George [W] Bush.

“Why has the Chilcot report still not come out because – apparently there is still debate about the release of information on one side or the other of the Atlantic. At that point Tony Blair and the others that have made the decisions are then going to have to deal with the consequences of it.”

 

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Makes you realize how dangerous Corbyn really is..

    The Iraq war might not have been the smartest move in history but its certainly not unjustifiable. considering the crimes committed by the regime and the apparent threat (real or imaginary) which Saddam could have resolved.

    The real crimes are often not taking action, Rwanda, Bosnia, and fighting IS in a timely manner. Its people like Corbyn that scares others from taking appropriate action at the right time.

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  • there seems little doubt that Blair and his colleagues were at least economical with the truth about Saddam and his weapons of mass destruction which they well knew were no threat to UK. Legal advice was against the war, and it had not been sanctioned by the UN. War purely for regime change is illegal. Bush and Blair are largely responsible for the dreadful events that followed and continue to follow the Iraq which was entered into under false claims about 9/11 when it was the Saudis who were largely responsible for that tragic event, and their form of extreme Wahabism has fuelled and funded terrorist groups, including ISIL, ever since. Unfortunately, Western politicians have not learned that replacing dictators, however unsavoury, invariably leads to something worse: see Libya.

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