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Thu 6 Oct 2016 12:34 PM

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Dubai lawyer takes ex-British PM to court over war crimes in Iraq

Nasser Hashem and his partners in London took the case against Tony Blair following publication of Chilcot’s report

Dubai lawyer takes ex-British PM to court over war crimes in Iraq

A Dubai-based lawyer has initiated legal action against former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Gulf News reported that advocate Nasser Hashem, and his partners in London, will register the criminal case in October at the International Criminal Court and British courts.

They decided to take legal action against after the publication of Chilcot’s report in July which was commissioned by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009.

Hashem told the newspaper that Blair had falsely and unfoundedly told the House of Commons that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and biological weapons before the war was launched.

According to the Chilcot report, Saddam Hussain did not pose an urgent threat to British interests and that the intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction was presented with unwarranted certainty. The report also said UK and the US had undermined the authority of the United Nations Security Council.

“Based on all the lies and allegations that Blair produced before the members of the House of Commons, the decision to go to war alongside with the US was taken. Thousands of Iraqis were killed, injured, displaced and/or shattered. Blair committed war crimes against the people of Iraq and violated human rights. He should be taken to court for the crimes he committed,” Hashem told the newspaper.

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Joelott 3 years ago

Tony Blair listened to a compulsive lair (George Bush) and bombed IRAQ for the hell of it. Both Bush and Blair need to face charges of war crimes. Saddam Hussein was an evil man and needed taking out, but our governments went the wrong way about it.

David Marchesi 3 years ago

agree with this action, but Bush and other "hangers-on" in UK and US also deserve prosecuting

Hans Agdam 3 years ago

Good on you Nasser,
This criminal including G W Bush should be prosecuted and jailed for such a heinous crime they have committed against humanity. Can’t wait to hear these morons are jailed instead of walking free.

Angelika Lancsak 3 years ago

..and hopefully a lot more of these Western politicians who destabilized the Mid East and created devastation.