Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn, a left-wing MP who’s leading the polls, said that former Prime Minister Tony Blair could possibly face war crimes for his involvement in the Iraq war.
The long-time MP, whom the Guardian‘s Ewen MacAskill characterized as “the anti-austerity candidate, in tune with similar movements in Greece and elsewhere in Europe,” made the comments Tuesday In an interview with BBC2’s Newsnight.
“I think there are some decisions that Tony Blair has got to confess or tell us what actually happened in Crawford, Texas in 2002 in his private meetings with George Bush,” Corbyn told interviewer Emily Maitlis.
He said that the still unreleased Chilcot Inquiry, an official investigation into Britain’s role in the Iraq war, is going to come out, and “Tony Blair and the others that have made the decisions are then going to have to deal with the consequences of it.”
Asked by Maitlis, “So should [Blair] be tried for war crimes?” Corbyn said, “If he’s committed a war crime, yes. Everyone who’s committed a war crime should.”
“I think it was illegal war,” he continued. “I’m confident about that. Indeed, [then-UN Secretary General] Kofi Annan confirmed it was an illegal war, and therefore he has to explain to that. Is he going to be tried for it? I don’t know. Could he be tried for it? Possibly.”
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