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Gulfnews: Theatre's mock trial puts Blair in dock for Iraq war

London: A London theatre has put British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the dock for waging war in Iraq, staging a mock tribunal where prosecution and defence lawyers question key witnesses.

As scrutiny over Blair's legacy intensifies ahead of his expected resignation in a few weeks, Called to Account examines events leading to Britain's participation in the 2003 US-led invasion that has damaged the leader's popularity.

Based on a courtroom-style debate between lawyers to provide material for the drama, the play raises the question, asked many times before, of whether Blair and his officials deliberately manipulated intelligence to justify the 2003 invasion.

It also focuses on what pressure, if any, they put on the attorney general when he gave legal advice on the war, at what stage Blair agreed to back the use of force in Iraq and whether the aim was regime change and not weapons of mass destruction.

by Fran on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 12:29:06 AM EST
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