Iran calls for intl. court to try Blair
Iran's top security official Saeed Jalili has called for an international tribunal to put former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on trial for war crimes, Press TV reported.
The Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council told a press conference in Istanbul, Turkey that Blair should be tried as a war criminal at an international court for his complicity in the killing of hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq.
In his second appearance at the Iraq War Inquiry in London on Friday, Blair unleashed an all-out attack on Iran, accusing the Islamic Republic of posing a "looming challenge" to the West by pursuing its nuclear activities.
The Iranian official reacted to the allegations, noting that "Blair should first save himself at the trial."
"A dispute arises at this point over the fact that why some people allow themselves to violate the rights of other nations and kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people, but nobody neither issues a resolution against them nor questions them in this regard," Jalili said.
Bringing up the question that why the UK government is the only nation that tries Blair, the top Iranian official stressed that "he attacked Iraq without United Nation's authorization, an act that contributed to the death of hundreds of thousands of people. But nobody questions him today."
The former British Prime Minister and the then US president George W. Bush are complicit in the killing of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Blair made all the crucial decisions that led Britain to become the second-biggest contributor of troops to the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
Dozens of anti-war protesters gathered outside the Chilcot Inquiry venue to demonstrate their mounting outrage over Blair's decision to take Britain into an illegal conflict.