Blair arrest bounty pays out over £10 000

2012-08-29 21:12

Cape Town - Payouts for attempts to arrest former British prime minister Tony Blair now exceed £10 000,the activist site reported on Wednesday.

The Arrest Blair campaign was established to uphold the principle that no one is above the law by George Monbiot.

Blair and former US president George W Bush were found guilty in absentia of crimes against humanity by the 'private enterprise' 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 website has offered monetary awards to people who try to make a citizen's arrest of Blair for alleged crimes against humanity.

Attempts to arrest him have been made in China, outside the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war and the European Parliament; and in Dublin, Ireland.

The campaign was expected to pay Tom Grundy £2 400 for attempting to arrest Blair in Hong Kong during a public event in June 2012. The campaign has considered his attempt and decided that it qualifies for a share of the bounty. He is donating the money to various relevant charities.

Blair is in South Africa 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.

  • mullervince - 2012-08-29 22:03

    Let them play the game. They are absolute in the minority. Blair knows he's got much more backing here and that's why he came to SA. Blair, we salute u.

      reg.nagel - 2012-08-29 22:10


      Hemlock - 2012-08-30 09:22

      Agreed.... welcome to sunny South Africa Mr Blair.

  • reg.nagel - 2012-08-29 22:08


  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-29 22:47

    Why would Desmond Tutu withdraw? That's absurd. Sometimes he really loses it.

      steele.oyle - 2012-08-30 09:50

      He withdrew because he finds the killing of innocent civilians based on a fabrication morally reprehensible. Whats so absurd about that. Could it be that you believe the lie!!! Breaking news! WMD's discovered in Baghdad.

  • juannepierre - 2012-08-30 02:54

    If you can take him down, do it. He was nothing but bushes bitch. Why, as south Africans, support this 'man'? Why is he even speaking here? He's a murderer.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-30 04:24

      Western agents!

      customdesign - 2012-08-30 09:59

      He is a hero juannepierre

  • strauss.steven - 2012-08-30 06:05

    Blair is one of my hero's. sorry they dint demolish the whole place

  • carl.lutzer.3 - 2012-08-30 06:39

    Put it on tender - the only way you get some okes in SA to pay attention ....

      mulalo.makhale - 2012-08-30 11:22

      lol, Good one!

  • andrew.arnesen - 2012-08-30 07:02

    Shame on Discovery for having this two-faced, lying, smooth-talking snake-oil salesman on a podium as a supposed example that we should all aspire to be like...

      don.quioxte.3 - 2012-08-30 08:26

      Both Bush and Blair probably crawled out of the the same turd.

  • jarryde.meikle - 2012-08-30 08:36

    this is the dumbest thing ever. wtf?

  • steele.oyle - 2012-08-30 08:56

    Islamophobic jaba at it again. The fool doesn't even know who George Monbiot is, yet he sees fit to blame Muslims for this. Typical of an Islamophobic lunatic, who till this day believes the WMD's are hidden in Iraq. Why does it seem strange to you that people from all faiths protested against the Invasion of Iraq and till this day its not just Muslims that believe bush and his lap dog blair murdered more than 200 000 innocent civilians based on a LIE that you and a few misguided loons still believe.

      dylan.sciarappa - 2012-08-30 09:48

      Poor jaba and others on this forum like Fred believe all the constant propaganda they read and hear through the mainstream news, demonizing Muslims or any country not aligned to western interests, unfortunately they are unable to build a balanced perspective due to the fact that they only listen to the mainstream news disregarding any alternative media sources as 'conspiracy theorist' however if jaba STILL believes that there weapons of mass destruction in Iraq then he is just plain misinformed, even the neo-cons Powell and Cheney have admitted that they got the intel 'wrong' fact is they flat out lied. Bush and Blair and many others involved in the Iraqi invasion are war criminals plain and simple, and should at the very least be tried at the Hague. Sadly the imperial powers are far to powerful for that and they play by there own set of rules. The very same game plays out in front of us now ...IRAN. The same lies and the same propaganda machine with the western mainstream media trying to spin stories to get public opinion on there side.

      bart.mitchell.393 - 2012-08-30 09:59

      So.....that Iraq had no WMD is true. Saddam Hussein was an nice guy,a true dictator in the best sense of the word.He never murdered any citizens not even some Kurds and a few Iranians during the war with them.The Taliban was unfairly accused of so much murder and mayhem.This is all a lie.Lebanon is peaceful.Palistine is safe.Egypt,now there was a true democracy.Libya;well Gadaffi was tried and murdered by his own people,shocking for such a great man.Mmmmmmmmm.I must be a loon then

      dylan.sciarappa - 2012-08-30 10:05

      Bart please try and remember it was the US that put saddam in power supplied him with arms including chemical and biological weapons for the Iran war, armed and funded the Taliban for the Russian invasion and did business with gadaffi before they over threw him. Maybe if you did some research first you would realise that the US and Britain will use anybody dictator, monarch or any other suppressive leaders to further there own geo political goals. Look at the Saudi monarch and the Bahraini govt to name but a few.

      Jaba - 2012-08-30 11:00

      1) I never said there were no WMD in Iraq… I never said there were WMD… in fact I have never spoken about WMD before. All I know is that Iraq under the leadership of Saddam invaded Kuwait. 2) "We filed a complaint with the SA Police Service yesterday and a 'crimes against the state' docket was opened," Muhammed Vawda 3) Blair was accused of crimes against humanity by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal in November last year – guess who the judges were? And guess what else… this so called “human rights court” has never spoken about Assad, Mubarak, Kaddafi, Sudan, Yemen, Bahrain, Iran, Nigeria etc… only focusing on the Infidel (non Muslim) 4) The Muslim political party Al Jama-ah said it planned to protest & arrest Blair when he spoke at the summit in their country (South Africa) 5) Many people protested against the war, (10 years ago) because its war, and no one likes war, but the constant attacks by Muslims who single out only non Muslims must be brought to light.

      Jaba - 2012-08-30 11:02

      6)I don’t stand against Islam – I stand against Hypocrisy. "Muslims are killed day in and day out [and] most of them [are] women, children and the elderly," I agree with that Al Jama! But please do not forget that 80% of Muslims are killed by Muslims and not by infidels... Do the research… To conclude, there is hardly a conflict in the world that doesn't have Muslims involved. Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, East Timor, Indonesia, Gaza, Kashmir, Kosovo, Kurdistan, Macedonia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Chechnya, Serbia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Algeria, Yemen, etc. All of these recent or ongoing conflicts have involved the Islam. If by saying this you call me Islamophobic so be it – I know what I am and all I want to do is expose the truth. If you disagree with me then prove me wrong with facts and I will listen… but call me a racists and I will laugh you off and ignore…

  • moffat.cele - 2012-08-30 11:57

    Why is it that they want to arrest Tony Blair and yet our African leaders have also committed serious atrocites but nothing has happend to them, why Tony blair shame on us as we are failing to bring our own dictators to book

      zaks2217 - 2012-08-30 11:58

      Stand up for your people brother. Take your ish seriously.

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