Iraq: Those responsible should be prosecuted

Plaid Cymru has called for those responsible for taking the UK into an illegal war in Iraq to be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Although the crime of aggression is currently listed under the Rome Statute establishing the ICC, it is not currently prosecutable by the court.

Some thirty countries have agreed to rectify this following a convention in 2010 and the UK has also said informally that it would support a change but has not yet formally ratified this position. Under ICC rules, two thirds of signatories would have to agree which currently would require some 82 countries to sign up.

Plaid Cymru’s Westminster Group Leader, Hywel Williams MP, called on the UK Government to formally agree to the necessary changes and pave the way for those responsible for taking the UK into an illegal war in Iraq to be prosecuted.

Commenting, Hywel Williams said:

“The findings of the Chilcot report are utterly damning of the actions of the then Prime Minister. It is now unequivocal that the dossier prepared by Tony Blair to make the case for war was deliberately distorted in order to, as he puts it, ‘shape public opinion’ in his favour.

“The result of Blair’s actions are devastating. It is not just about MPs being misled, this is about a deliberate deception that led to up to a million people losing their lives, a failed state and the Middle East in flames. 179 of the dead are service men and women who lost their lives unnecessarily. Our thoughts particularly must be with their families.

“It is unacceptable that we can have an illegal war with such devastating consequences without judicial reckoning.

“Tony Blair must be held to account, and those families who have lost loved ones, Welsh, British or Iraqi, should be given justice.

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