Protester barges in Leveson inquiry, labels Tony Blair a ‘war criminal’

Written on:May 28, 2023
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Blair at Leveson: Ex-PM admits 'working relationship' with Murdoch (Image courtesy: Simon Greig (xrrr))

As Tony Blair gave evidence at the Leveson inquiry today, a protester appeared behind Lord Justice Leveson at the High Court and accused the former prime minister of being a “war criminal”.

The unidentified man stormed in Lord Justice Leveson’s private office and accused Tony Blair of receiving £6 million from investment bank JP Morgan, which he linked to the Iraq War that defined his premiership.

“This man should be arrested for war crimes. JP Morgan paid him off for the Iraq War three months after we invaded Iraq. They held up the Iraq bank for 20bn dollars. He was then paid 6m dollars every year and still is from JP Morgan six months after he left office. The man is a war criminal”, shouted the protester, who passed through security and gained access to Lord Justice Leveson’s inner sanctum.

Stunned Lord Justice Leveson immediately apologised to Blair and ordered an inquiry into the security breach. “That’s fine can I actually say on the record what he said about Iraq and JP Morrgan is completely and totally untrue. I have never had a discussion with them about that or any other relationship between them and Iraq”, Blair said.

Meanwhile, former Labour Prime Minister told the Leveson inquiry that he had a “working relationship” with Rupert Murdoch, saying that when he was Prime Minister his relationship with media mogul was “about power” but was “not personal”.

Blair also insisted that he had never agreed to any pact with any media organisation, saying, ”There was no deal on issues to do with the media with Rupert Murdoch, or indeed, anybody else, either expressed or implied and to be fair, he never sought such a thing.”

Related: Leveson inquiry: Tony Blair to be grilled over ties with Murdoch

4 Comments add one

  1. Marisa says:

    Remarkable! Its truly remarkable piece of writing, I have got much clear idea concerning from this article.

  2. Martijn de Jongh says:

    is someone looking in thisJPMorgan scandal? instead of investigating how a door gets open!

  3. Hannah S says:

    I pray the Olympics don’t suffer because of these issues.

  4. Stephanie says:

    First Cameron and now Blair. Wonder how many masks are going to come off during the course of the inquiry. Worst still, just how clever a politician can get with his tongue when he uses phrases such as “working relationship” and “about power”?

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