Tony Blair ‘will not be investigated for breaking international law’ in the Iraq War inquiry


Tony Blairsource: The Independent
published: 27 May 2016

Tony Blair will not be investigated for breaking any laws in the Iraq War inquiry report, despite claims the intervention was illegal.

Sources close to the inquiry, also known as the Chilcot Report, said it would “not seek to determine the guilt of innocence of anybody on trial”, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

The report, due to be published in July, will not make “any judgements on the legality or anything like that, that is not the purpose [of the report]”, the source said.

It will instead focus on the decision making behind the conflict and whether any lessons can be learned. Launched by the US with strong UK backing, the war lead to the deaths of between 150,000 and 600,000 Iraqis over four years.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, said he was convinced the Iraq War was illegal and that anyone who had committed a crime should be put on trial – including Mr Blair, who was Labour Prime Minister between 1997 and 2007.

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