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06 July 2017 - Sir John Chilcot accuses Tony Blair of 'not being straight with the nation' over Iraq invasion

Sir John Chilcot accuses Tony Blair of not being 'straight with the nation' over Iraq War
Telegraph Reporters (The Telegraph, 06/07/2017)

Sir John Chilcot has said he does not believe Tony Blair was "straight with the nation" about his decisions in the run-up to the Iraq War.

The chairman of the public inquiry into the 2003 conflict said the former prime minister had been "emotionally truthful" in his account of events leading up to the war.

In an interview with the BBC Sir John was then asked if Mr Blair was as truthful with him and the public as he should have been during the seven-year inquiry.

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Iraq
 
Chilcot: Tony Blair was not 'straight with the nation' over Iraq war
Guardian staff and agencies (The Guardian, 06/07/2017)
 
Sir John Chilcot has said he does not believe Tony Blair was “straight with the nation” about his decisions in the run-up to the Iraq war.

The chairman of the public inquiry into the 2003 conflict said the former prime minister had however been “emotionally truthful” in his account of events leading up to the war, meaning he relied on both emotion and fact.

Breaking his long silence on the matter in an interview with the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, Chilcot said: “Tony Blair is always and ever an advocate. He makes the most persuasive case he can. Not departing from the truth but persuasion is everything.”

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Chilcot Report

Chilcot on Blair, Bush and the Iraq war - a year on
Laura Kuenssberg (BBC, 06/07/2017)

The Chilcot report became a by-word for dispute, delay, and doubt.

When the inquiry finally emerged in its full two million words, in the chaotic aftermath of the EU referendum, its analysis was polite.

But it was firmly critical of the decision-making process and behaviour of the UK government both in the run-up to, conduct of, and aftermath of one of the most controversial conflicts in British foreign policy - what many now regard as one of the UK's biggest foreign policy mistakes.

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Prosecution

Tony Blair should be prosecuted over Iraq war, high court hears
Owen Bowcott (The Guardian, 05/07/2017)
 
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.

The attempt to bring Blair – with the former foreign secretary Jack Straw and the former attorney general Lord Goldsmith – to court has been launched by the former Iraqi general Abdulwaheed al-Rabbat.

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Last update July 6, 2017
Créé le July 6, 2017
ISSN 2107-7029
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