UK court blocks bid to prosecute Blair over 2003 Iraq war
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UK court blocks bid to prosecute Blair over 2003 Iraq war

High Court says former British PM cannot be accused of 'crime of aggression' under domestic law

In this Thursday Dec. 22, 2005 file photo, the then British prime minister Tony Blair meets soldiers at Shaibah logistics base, Basra, Iraq. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
In this Thursday Dec. 22, 2005 file photo, the then British prime minister Tony Blair meets soldiers at Shaibah logistics base, Basra, Iraq. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

LONDON — Britain’s High Court has blocked a bid by an Iraqi ex-general to prosecute former Prime Minister Tony Blair for invading Iraq in 2003.

Gen. Abdulwaheed Shannan Al Rabbat’s case centered around the concept that a “crime of aggression” would be recognized under English law. But the High Court said that while the concept exists under international law, it does not exist in domestic law right now.

The former army general’s lawyers said in a statement Monday that the judgment “sets a dangerous precedent in times of global insecurity” and called on Parliament to enact a law making accountability clear in the future.

The United States and Britain were part of a coalition that invaded Iraq in 2003, following accusations that Iraqi president Saddam Hussein held weapons of mass destruction.

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