Case against Tony Blair over Iraq war a legal impossibility, says QC

Geoffrey Robertson, QC, a former United Nations appeal judge and author of Crimes Against Humanity, said the prosecution of the former prime minister as a war criminal was “a legal impossibility”.


In an article for the Guardian, Robertson writes: “Both Jeremy Corbyn and Alex Salmond have already hinted that their response to Chilcot will be a wish to put Blair in the dock.”


He added: “This hypothetical, however engaging for television, is a legal impossibility. We need to concentrate on how the law should be changed to ensure that future leaders who wage wars of aggression can be brought to account.”


Anti-war activists, including prominent politicians, have said the report into the 2003 invasion and its aftermath will be a whitewash if it fails to declare Blair’s involvement illegal, opening the way for the case to go to the ICC in the Hague.


A leading international lawyer has ruled out the prospect of Tony Blair going before the international criminal court after the long-awaited Chilcot report into the war is published.



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