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 Post subject: Judge to review Tony Blair prosecution
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http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/iraq-war-judge-to-review-tony-blair-prosecution-ban/ar-BBDMm1T?li=AAmiR2Z&ocid=spartandhp

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The most senior judge in England and Wales will hear a case attempting to overturn a ban on prosecuting Tony Blair over the Iraq war, the Guardian has learned.
A private criminal prosecution against the former Labour prime minister was blocked in 2016 by Westminster magistrates court when it was ruled Blair would have immunity from any criminal charges.
But that ruling by the district judge, Michael Snow, will be reviewed on Wednesday before the lord chief justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, and Mr Justice Ouseley.



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Sir John Chilcot says Tony Blair went 'beyond the facts' when he made a case for Iraq war

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Tony Blair acted liked an absolute monarch when he took the country to war in Iraq, Sir John Chilcot said today.
The chairman of the Iraq Inquiry said the former PM had a ‘psychological dominance’ over his Cabinet that prevented proper scrutiny of the decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

And he agreed that Mr Blair was the 21st Century equivalent of the French “Sun King” Louis XIV.
Sir John, who had been accused of pulling his punches when his 2 million-word report was published in July, delivered a withering verdict on the former PM’s conduct in office.
He said Blair had corroded trust in politics by “going beyond the facts” when making the case for military action.
The chair of the Iraq Inquiry said there was no evidence to back the claims made by the former PM about the danger posed by Saddam Hussein.
He told the Liaison Committee of senior parliamentarians: “I think when a government or the leader of a government presents a case with all the powers of advocacy that he or she can command, and in doing so goes beyond what the facts of the case and the basic analysis of that can support, then it does damage politics, yes.”
Asked if Mr Blair was right to say Saddam posed an “imminent threat” and was a “real and present” danger, Sir John replied: “There wasn’t effective evidence to sustain that belief at that time.”
He added: “There was no attempt to challenge or seek a re-evaluation of the intelligence advice.”



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