The English High Court is hearing an appeal that seeks to have Tony Blair, Jack Straw and Lord Goldsmith tried for war crimes in attacking Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
The Chilcot inquiry’s conclusion that the invasion of Iraq was unnecessary and undermined the United Nations requires the prosecution of Tony Blair, the high court has heard.
In his opening argument calling for a war crimes trial in Britain, Michael Mansfield QC said that the offence of waging an aggressive war has effectively been assimilated into English law.
“Nothing could be more emphatic than these findings,” he said. “It was an unlawful war.”
Mansfield argued that when British prosecutors had opened their cases at the Nuremburg war crimes trials at the end of the second world war, they had acted as though the crime of aggression had already been assimilated into English law.
The British government has interceded to oppose the appeal citing the ancient Saxon doctrine of "piffle." Besides, they say, war crimes are only for losers and Tony Blair, while discredited, ain't there yet.