05:43, July 31 243 0 theguardian.com

2017-07-31 05:43:04
Tony Blair prosecution over Iraq war blocked by judges

The high court has blocked a bid by a former chief of staff of the Iraqi army to bring a private prosecution against Tony Blair over the Iraq war.

General Abdul Wahed Shannan al-Rabbat accused Blair of committing a “crime of aggression”, while he was prime minister, by invading Iraq in 2003 to overthrow President Saddam Hussein.

The general wanted to prosecute Blair and two other key ministers at the time – the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, and attorney general, Lord Goldsmith.

Rabbat’s lawyers asked the high court for permission to seek a judicial review in an attempt to get the supreme court to overturn a 2006 ruling by the House of Lords that there is no crime of aggression under the law of England and Wales.

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the lord chief justice, and Mr Justice Ouseley dismissed the general’s application, saying there was “no prospect” of the case succeeding.

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