12th June 2007
Former SNP MP Jim Sillars has called for Tony Blair to be charged in Scotland with war crimes.
The demand was made in a 10,000-word document compiled by Jim Sillars, and backed by his wife Margo MacDonald, an independent MSP.
It has been sent to Eilish Angiolini, the Lord Advocate, and claims that the Prime Minister should face two charges in connection with the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Mr Sillars said that legal experts had told him that the Prime Minister had a case to answer, even though similar attempts had failed south of the border in both England and Wales.
He believes there is no chance of a special court being established by the United Nations as Britain and the US have the veto at the security council.
“But of course Scots law is an entirely different entity, an entirely different jurisdiction with different rules, procedures and instruments available to it.”
He believes that the necessary powers to arrest and charge Mr Blair exist in Scotland, and has called on the Lord Advocate to investigate.
Mr Sillars said there is “overwhelming evidence” that Mr Blair is guilty of conspiracy to wage and of waging aggressive war.
The alleged evidence includes official memos, the memoirs of the weapons inspector Hans Blix, and research carried out in the US and the UK.
Hear Jim Sillars on the PM News programme on Radio 4 on Monday June 11th 2007