CITIZEN’S ARREST OF TONY BLAIR
At 11:15 on 16th May 2007 Peace Strike founders Maria Gallastegui and Chris Coverdale made their first attempt to conduct a citizen’s arrest of Tony Blair. The pair were accompanied outside Downing Street by small group of supporters and a film crew. The police were informed of their intentions and relevant documentation was handed over. Unfortunately Tony Blair was not in residence. Further attempts to arrest Tony Blair were made and many letters were exchanged between Chris Coverdale and the Metropolitan Police regarding the citizens arrest procedure and the legality of performing an arrest.
The grounds put forward for the arrest of Tony Blair are as follows:
He planned and initiated a war of aggression against the State of Iraq in violation of the General Treaty for the Renunciation of War 1928.
By ordering HM armed forces to undertake the armed invasion and occupation of Iraq using weapons such as cruise missiles, rockets, cluster bombs and depleted uranium artillery shells he caused the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqi men, women and children which is an arrestable offense of ‘genocide’ under section 51 of the International Criminal Court Act 2001.
By deceiving members of Parliament and HM armed forces over the legality of the armed conflict and persuading them to initiate a war of aggression against Iraq causing death and serious injury to two million Iraqi citizens none of whom had harmed or threatened to harm Britain or British interests he committed the serious arrestable offense of ‘conduct ancillary to genocide’ under section 52 of the International Criminal Court Act 2001.
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