- Published on Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:56
UK MPs are being recalled to Parliament on Friday to vote in support of the government to bomb Iraq. Should they do so, they risk prosecution for crimes under the Terrorism Act 2000, confirmed by a Supreme Court ruling in 2013:
“As a matter of ordinary language, the definition [of terrorism] would seem to cover any violence or damage to property if it is carried out with a view to influencing a government or IGO in order to advance a very wide range of causes. Thus it would appear to extend to military or quasi-military activity aimed at bringing down a foreign government, even where that activity is approved... by the UK Government.”
Parliament's Independent Reviewer of Terrorism added: "...Legitimately elected political figures across the world (and in the UK) could quite lawfully be arrested under this power."
The Supreme Court ruling and the Terrorism Act 2000 also oblige UK citizens to initiate proceedings against Tony Blair to prosecute him, and others, for crimes in respect of the illegal wars launched against Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003.
Holding Blair to Account in Court for his Crimes by Chris Coverdale
"After years of obfuscation and deception by politicians, lawyers and civil servants on both sides of the Atlantic, an event occurred in October 2013 that may prove to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, and finally gets Blair, Brown, Cameron, Clegg, Straw, Goldsmith and hundreds of Britain’s leaders arrested, tried, convicted and punished for the worst crimes in Britain’s long and violent history."
Every MP who votes in favour of bombing Iraq will likewise be vulnerable to prosecution.