Ex Scots Labour MP says put Blair on trial for war crimes

This video from Britain is called ‘Blair Government police investigation for war crimes’ Part 1.

The video says about itself:

Press Conference, Room C, 1 Parliament Street Tuesday 15th January 2008 3pm John McDonnell MP, Chris Coverdale: International War Law Expert and Annie Machon of the Campaign to Make War History brief MPs and the media on allegations of war crimes committed against the people of Iraq by Britain’s former Prime Minister and former Attorney General. Officers from Scotland Yard have commenced a criminal investigation into the deaths of Iraqi citizens killed during the armed invasion and occupation of Iraq. The Metropolitan Police are acting in response to crimes reported by peace activists from We Are Change UK and The Campaign to Make War History.

In an unprecedented step, the case was handed to the War Crimes division of the Counter Terrorism branch who are now investigating allegations of 14 criminal offences committed by Tony Blair, Lord Goldsmith and others. The offences are under the International Criminal Court Act 2001, which came into effect under English common law, just two days before 9/11. Two Members of We Are Change UK and a representative from the Campaign to Make War History were interviewed for six hours at Belgravia Police station on the 20th December 2007. Evidence was provided to the police relating to the crimes of:- • genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and conduct ancillary to these crimes under Sections 51 and 52 of The International Criminal Court Act 2001. • a crime against peace and complicity in a crime against peace under Articles 6 and 7 of The Nuremburg Principles. • murder, incitement to murder and conspiracy to murder under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. • conspiracy to commit genocide, a crime against humanity and war crimes under the Criminal Law Act 1977.

From the YouTube text of another video, no longer on YouTube by now:

This clip shows part 1 of ex-MI5 [British secret service] Officer, Annie Machon speaking at a “Trial of Tony Blair“.

The trial was a fringe event at the Labour Party Spring Conference held in Manchester, UK on 12 March 2004–organised by the Stop the War Coalition.

Tony Blair was staying at the plush Midland Hotel in central Manchester less than a hundred yards from the hall where the trial took place.

In between was a veritable army of police, armed officers from the Tactical Aid UNit (TAU), and the Special Branch (the UK’s political police).

Blair had of course been invited to the meeting to defend himself, but, curiously, declined to attend.

The case for the prosecution was presented by Chris Coverdale of Legal Action Against War (LAAW), former MI5 whistleblower David Shayler and his partner Annie Machon–also a former MI5 officer.

Ghada Razuki of the Stop the War Coalition also spoke.

They were followed by 40 witnesses from the floor who were given 1 minute each to speak.

The meeting was presided over by a “judge” in full regalia including a superb wig.

Two grinning statues of Blair also adorned the platform.

The jury–the people at the event–voted Blair gulity. The verdict was unanimous. …

This video clip is also an excerpt from a 60 minute film about the Manchester Anti-War Movement 2001-5.

From daily The Scotsman:

Call for Scotland to put Blair on trial for ‘war crime’

IAN SWANSON SCOTTISH POLITICAL EDITOR (iswanson@edinburghnews.com)

SCOTLAND’S Lord Advocate was today urged to prosecute Tony Blair as a war criminal for the invasion of Iraq.

Former [Labour and Scottish Nationalist] MP Jim Sillars said he had written to Elish Angiolini with a 10,000-word document setting out a formal complaint against the Prime Minister.

And he said Scots law allowed Mr Blair to be put on trial despite such a move being ruled out south of the Border.

Mr Sillars, who is married to independent Lothians MSP Margo MacDonald, claimed Mr Blair was guilty of conspiracy with others to wage aggressive war, and waging aggressive war against the state of Iraq in March 2003, contrary to international law and the law of Scotland.

In his letter to the Lord Advocate, he said: “I am requesting you to investigate this complaint and prosecute in a Scottish court.”

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