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‘Blair is war criminal!’ Ex-PM cut down during media inquiry (VIDEO)

Published time: May 28, 2012 14:23
Edited time: May 28, 2012 22:33

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives before giving evidence before the Leveson Inquiry into the ethics and practices of the media at the High Court in central London May 28, 2012 (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth)

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An activist interrupted Tony Blair at a media ethics inquiry, breaking in to accuse the former PM of war crimes. But while the man was dragged out of sight, the allegations of unethical behavior will likely trail Blair for some time.

In a quintessentially British way, the activist greeted onlookers with an appeal to excuse him before launching into a tirade in which he shouted “This man [Tony Blair] should be arrested for war crimes!”

Onlookers both snickered and gasped in horror as the activist further accused Blair of “holding up” the Iraqi Central Bank and conducting an unethical relationship with US banking giant JPMorgan Chase.

Being dragged backwards with a security guard’s arm cranking on his neck, the man let out a final shout of “this man is a war criminal!” before being taken to the ground and subdued.

Looking slightly flustered, Blair later said “on the record" the accusations leveled at him regarding Iraq and JPMorgan were “entirely untrue.”  
The former PM’s popularity and legacy took a nosedive after he unequivocally backed then-US President George W. Bush’s 2003 grave decision to invade Iraq.

Monday’s incident happened as Blair testified under oath during the judge-led Leveson Inquiry.  The probe was launched to examine the cultural, ethical and political failures that led to the ongoing News International phone-hacking scandal.