Tony Blair can't be prosecuted over Iraq War, High Court rules

Britain’s High Court has blocked a bid by an Iraqi general to bring a private prosecution against former Prime Minister Tony Blair over the Iraq War.
General Abdul Wahed Shannan Al Rabbat accused the former Labour leader of committing a “crime of aggression” by invading Iraq in 2003 to overthrow former president Saddam Hussein.
The general wanted to see the prosecution Blair and two other key ministers of the time - Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, and Lord Goldsmith, the Attorney General.Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the Lord Chief Justice, and Mr Justice Ouseley, dismissed the general’s application. They said there was “no prospect” of the case succeeding.
His lawyers asked London’s High Court for permission to seek judicial review in an attempt to get the Supreme Court, now the highest court in the land, to overturn a ruling by the House of Lords in 2006 that there is no such crime as the “crime of aggression” under the law of England and Wales.
Westminster Magistrates Court refused to issue summonses in November last year on the grounds that the ex-ministers had immunity from legal action - and in any event, the current Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC, would have to give permission.
Wright intervened in the case and his legal team urged the Lord Chief Justice to block the challenge. He said the private trial of Blair could "involve details being disclosed under the Official Secrets Act." 
Referencing the Chilcot inquiry's findings that the Iraq War was unnecessary, Michael Mansfield QC, appearing for Al Rabbat, said the  prosecution of Blair was justified. The UK was part of the US-led coalition which invaded Iraq after then-US President George W Bush and Blair accused Saddam of possessing weapons of mass destruction.
As the 2 million-word Chilcot report concluded, the UK's involvement in Iraq was based on the false pretext that Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The order declaring Blair's immunity against any charges should therefore be overturned, he said.
The Iraq War caused the deaths of 176 British servicemen and women, and cost the UK economy an estimated £9.6 billion. It is widely held to have caused the bloody sectarian conflict that brought about the rise of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
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