The most senior judge in England and Wales, Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, has heard a case seeking to overturn an earlier order blocking Blair’s prosecution.
Referencing the Chilcot inquiry’s findings that the Iraq War was unnecessary, Michael Mansfield QC argued the private prosecution of Blair, along with then-Attorney General Lord Goldsmith and former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, is now required.
As the 2 million-word Chilcot report concluded, the UK’s involvement in Iraq was based on the false pretext that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The order declaring Blair’s immunity against any charges should therefore be overturned, he said.
The order was handed down by Westminster Magistrate’s Court in November last year as it heard a request to privately prosecute the former PM.     
“Saddam Hussein did not pose an urgent threat to the UK, intelligence reporting about [Iraqi] weapons of mass destruction was presented with unwarranted …