Arrest warrant sought for Tony Blair

2012-08-29 14:09

Johannesburg - An arrest warrant for former British prime minister Tony Blair is being sought by the Society for the Protection of our Constitution (Spoc).

"We filed a complaint with the SA Police Service yesterday and a 'crimes against the state' docket was opened," Muhammed Vawda, secretary of Spoc, said on Wednesday.

"A case number was issued and it will go to the National Director of Public Prosecutions for a decision."

Blair and former US president George W Bush were found guilty in absentia of crimes against humanity by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal in November last year.

They were also found guilty of genocide for their roles in the Iraq War. The tribunal was presided over by five judges.

The court acknowledged that the verdict was non-enforceable, but the findings were reported to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The Daily Maverick reported that the official UK government inquiry into the Iraq War, the Chilcot Inquiry, is only set to release a report late into 2013, which will run more than one-million words.

It reported that part of the delay was due to a row over whether Cabinet officials were willing to publish certain sensitive documents, such as notes passed between Blair and Bush, and records of their conversations.

The inquiry held public hearings between the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2011 on matters including the background to the war.

Blair is in South Africa this week as one of the speakers at the Discovery Leadership Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre on Thursday.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu withdrew from the summit on Tuesday because of Blair's attendance.

The Muslim political party Al Jama-ah said it planned to protest against Blair when he spoke at the summit.

Vawda said South Africa was legally bound to the requirements of international law, as it fell under the United Nations jurisdiction, and therefore was compelled to co-operate.

"Legally speaking, we expect to get the warrant...all the grounds are there...there is no obstacle," said Vawda.

South Africa must operate without fear, favour or prejudice, he said, adding that the judiciary, police and National Directorate for Public Prosecutions must not bow down to political pressure.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindile Louw said she would comment on the matter after checking on the complaint.

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-08-29 14:23

    two words....SAS security.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-08-29 18:41

      Pathetic anc. What a JOKE. Who in the world is going to take these BOGGOMS serious.

      jaba.kov - 2012-08-30 07:44

      " 'crimes against the state' docket was opened," Muhammed Vawda, secretary of Spoc, said on Wednesday The Muslims aren't happy! They're not happy in Gaza. They're not happy in Egypt. They're not happy in Libya. They're not happy in Morocco. They're not happy in Iran. They're not happy in Iraq. They're not happy in Yemen. They're not happy in Afghanistan. They're not happy in Pakistan. They're not happy in Syria. They're not happy in Lebanon. And where are they happy? They're happy in England. They're happy in France. They're happy in Italy. They're happy in Germany. They're happy in Sweden. They're happy in the USA. They're happy in India .They're happy in Norway. They're happy in every country that is not Muslim. And who do they blame? Not Islam. Not their leadership. Not themselves. THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-08-29 14:30

    ohk wait...what??..

  • nickey.vanrensburg - 2012-08-29 14:33

    If it does happen, it will cause an international incident...and hopefully Britain comes and blows the ANC regime to hell.

      nickey.vanrensburg - 2012-08-29 14:46

      And maybe if we're lucky, they'll blow up Zim too. 1 Aircraft carrier and 2 Royal Marine divisions and SA and Zim will look like the stone age.

      maparamokoena - 2012-08-29 14:56

      So much hate! Haybo, what about the NP regime

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-29 15:13

      I'll take up arms with the British forces!

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-29 15:20

      @ mampara - The NP is not in control of the country any more! Please focus on the current and leave the past in the past!

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-08-29 15:26

      Nickey I agree with you they must also blow up the DA regime in the Western Cape while they at it and I will be wearing the opposite colors

      nickey.vanrensburg - 2012-08-29 19:51

      Where did I talk about race in my thread? You the racist for making everything about race. MAMPARA

  • Eterni80 - 2012-08-29 14:39

    there are bigger fish to fry - Robert Mugarbage being one of them.

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-08-29 16:44

      Bush and Blair are the biggest criminals and murderers , it doesnt get bigger than that...I dont even know how Mugabe's name came up in an article about this criminal blair...

      pyn.appel - 2012-08-29 17:45

      Junebugg ... you want to tell me Mugabe doesnt have blood on his hands for killing his OWN people just to stay in power??? (He didnt do it himself just the same as other leaders hasnt done it themselves, they just order and deligate!) You are then either very ignorant or choose to be very blind? He is a leader who order torture and killings just to hang on to leadership. And that is a CRIME against HUMANITY !!! Easy as that. You call the other racists, are you 'protecting' Mugabe just because he is black ... wonder who is the racist here?

  • okonkwo7 - 2012-08-29 14:40

    Blair must pay for his crimes against humanity klaar!

  • susanna.opperman - 2012-08-29 14:41

    WHY aren't you concerned about the farm murders in YOUR OWN COUNTRY? The murders of the very people that put FOOD ON YOUR PLATE!!! Answer that...we dare you.

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-08-29 15:50

      Farm murders are committed by criminals. Crime affects all of us in South Africa regardless of the race and crime is committed by everyone regardless of the why do you want farmers to get better treatment than everyone who is affected by crime??

      oageng.lekete.7 - 2012-08-29 15:55

      They are being killed by their own sons, that's why.

      backstabber.adder - 2012-08-30 06:08

      Persons fed to lions 1. Persons dragged behind bakkies: only one I remember reading of in the last decade was an elderly farmer being dragged behind his own bakkie. Persons killed while trespassing on farms over the last 18 years - at most 4 that I read of. Farmers killed: 4,000, I guess by trespassers. What is your point again dnxumalo2?

  • ever.ryman - 2012-08-29 14:43

    How about doing something really useful-go to Syria and arrest its leader for crimes against humanity. Even better, go there and act as human shields. Idiots.

      john.pope.75491 - 2012-08-29 14:53


  • julian.booyens - 2012-08-29 14:43

    Spoc(K) You missed the Starship Enterprise and going where no man has boldly gone before

  • bulelani.lamola - 2012-08-29 14:44

    eish...just ridiculous... he wena!

  • riad.mahomed - 2012-08-29 14:45

    I wonder what was the reason for Bush & Blair to concoct a WMD plan to justify their reasoning to wage war in Iraq? Would love to hear a response to that one.

      hein.huyser - 2012-08-29 21:53

      That answer we will get someday, in the meantime, the world is a better place without Saddam.

      jaba.kov - 2012-08-30 07:51

      Sadam killed ONE million Iraqi Muslims Mahomed. Sadam killed half a million Iranians Mahomed Sadam Killed a few thousand Kuwaitis Mahomed. Look in the mirror into you peaceful religion Mahomed - go research and find out that 80% of Muslims violently killed in the last 50 years are done so at the hands of other Muslims...

  • Matthew Slade - 2012-08-29 14:52

    Lets get Kony too

  • jo.g.cronje - 2012-08-29 14:54

    "Iraq War"? As far as I know those terrorist bastards brought it on themselves.

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-08-29 16:47

      Using your same logic , would you also say those "Racist farmers" brought those murders on themselves?

      stephanie.sutherland41 - 2012-08-30 00:17

      @junebugg- if you are trying to justify 3000 murder compared to far fewer committed by idiots, and justify the bruttal murder of children on those farms, you should not call yourself a human. Even animals have more respect for life than these A-holes committing genocide against farmers. But then again the world are watching and the withdrawl of aid is on the international table. So carry on SA, most of you will starve to death if you continue on this path. No amount of murders will change the past or bring piece, you must want change and piece to achieve it.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-29 15:03

    Well good luck with this. Now, will you seek the same for Mugabe? No of course not. Why? Because the world is full of hypocrites who only speak out when something fits into their very narrow ideological parameters.

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-29 15:04

    SA Police Service? As far as I know they will be protecting him instead.

  • Luba Mayekiso - 2012-08-29 15:12

    What a joke. Why didn't these clowns arrest Sadam for killing his own people or better still the Syrian President. If they wish to be taken seriously then they must act impartially. Anyway, you cant enforce the verdict of this KL court so this is just hype to get media attention

  • melt.olckers - 2012-08-29 15:21

    One of the judges of that court was someone that beliefs that the USA signed an illegal treaty with extraterrestrials. They are a bunch of looneys that will belief anything.

      hein.huyser - 2012-08-29 21:55

      as long as it is anti-western

  • seath1 - 2012-08-29 15:21

    I hope he gets arrested

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-29 17:05

      Hope Zuma get's arrested again for his 758 charges

  • johandebeer - 2012-08-29 15:22


  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-29 15:29

    And the Goon Show goes on and on.

  • hendrypeterm - 2012-08-29 15:30

    let de law follow its cause...

  • HideousRex - 2012-08-29 15:41

    wow nice "late" April Fools Joke! Hahaha.....ok, seriously now?

  • frank.hubris - 2012-08-29 15:50

    SPOC is a pro-Islam group that doesn't believe in the Constitution, but rather uses it to further Muslim interests. Which is why they haven't sought to have Mugabe arrested, as he only perpetuates black-on-black violence,which they don't care about and possibly favour. Fortunately, SPOC is the kind of society that believes that Saddam Hussein was innocent and the people that brought him to justice like Tony Blair should be prosecuted for it.

      bulelani.lamola - 2012-08-29 16:33

      Well, that explains a lot then.

      riad.mahomed - 2012-08-29 16:45

      With all due respect and with the little understanding you have on the debated matter, I would urge you in future to understand well your augmentative points before putting it down in writing or else you lose all credibility to those that understand this matter well.

  • cobus.victor - 2012-08-29 16:54

  • husaberg.twostroke - 2012-08-29 18:44

    junebugg IS LEKKER DOM. You dont have a clue what your'e talking about. Get your facts right then come and debate you dummy.

  • samgaf - 2012-08-29 19:07

    Pleeze arrest the F@#$#! murderer.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-30 08:25

    Hang the murderers!

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