Blair on Trial

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Kind of. The Tricycle theatre is set to follow its stagings of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, the Bloody Sunday hearings and the Hutton inquiry with a staged indictment of Tony Blair for a crime of aggression against Iraq. The real PM won’t be present of course, but the lawyers, testimony and expert witnesses will be”

The theatre will create the event itself and then use actors to stage a condensed version entitled The Indictment of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair for the Crime of Aggression Against Iraq – A Hearing. Whether there is a case for indictment will be up to the audience. Barristers on both sides are colleagues of Mr Blair’s wife, Cherie Booth, from Matrix Chambers.

Julian Knowles will be defending Mr Blair. “I’m starting several paces behind the prosecution. Obviously the events of the last week have been pretty grisly and the audience at the Tricycle will probably be anti-war, but it is my role to show there is not a case in law,” he said.

Against him will be Philippe Sands QC, professor of international law at University College London.

The ‘cast’ is set to include Clare Short, who was in the cabinet in the run up to war, and Bob Marshall-Andrews; Sir Michael Quinlan, former permanent under-secretary at the Ministry of Defence; and Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector. The results of the ‘case’ are to be shown at the theatre in April.

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