For those of you
who have seen the TV drama ‘The Trial of Tony Blair’ which had its first
showing on More4 on Monday evening, and is repeated on C4 tomorrow, you will
know that this was the fictional story of Tony being charged for war crimes and
being forced to trial in The Hague, by the International War Crimes Tribunal.
Most of us agree
that whilst it would probably be a very popular event, should it ever come to
pass, there may be a more local remedy to hand, or should I say by Tony’s hand.
The new Serious
Crime Bill being introduced by this government states the following.
a person has been
involved in serious crime in England and Wales if he—
- has committed a serious offence in a
country outside England and Wales
- has facilitated the commission by
another person of a serious offence in a country outside England and Wales; or
- has conducted himself in a way that
was likely to facilitate the commission by himself or another person of a
serious offence in a country outside England and Wales (whether or not such an offence was
a serious offence
in a country outside England and Wales means an offence under the law of a country
outside England and Wales which, at the time when the court is
considering the application or matter in question would be an offence under the
law of England and Wales if committed in or as regards England and Wales.
So, if we
consider that the War in Iraq has been declared by the U.N. as an illegal war, or
that this country has not passed through parliament a Declaration of War, for
every action by a British serviceman that could be considered an illegal act if
it were to have happened in the UK, i.e. assault, false detention, murder etc,
then members of the cabinet, who technically facilitated the commission of such
acts have fallen foul of this new law.
Unlike the C4
Drama, where Gordon Brown helped to facilitate Tony’s trial, under their own
law, he could be in the dock beside him.
The only thing to ponder now is – can we get Bush the same way if he every visited the UK?