07 July, 2016

Iraq Inquiry report (6th July 2016)

The Iraq Inquiry report was issued today (6th July).  The report has an Executive Summary and 12 Volumes.  The Inquiry Chairman - Sir John Chilcot - made this statement immediately prior to the publication of the report.

The Inquiry did not express a view on whether military action was legal.  Sir John noted that this could only be resolved by a properly constituted and internationally recognised court but the inquiry did conclude that "the circumstances in which it was decided that there was a legal basis for UK military action were far from satisfactory."

Here is a link to Volume 5 of the report where the legal advice is considered - Advice on the legal basis for military action, November 2002 to March 2003


Links:

Statement from the Office of Tony Blair - 6th July 2016

Blair's statement at press conference - 6th July 2016

Prime Minister's statement to the House of Commons - 6th July 2016

Elizabeth Wilmshurst - The Guardian 7th July - We ignored the rule of law: the result was Iraq

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