Tony Blair plays down Iraq war "citizen's arrest" attempt

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FORMER Sedgefield MP Tony Blair has played down an attempt by a bar worker to arrest him at a trendy London restaurant.

The ex prime minister was reportedly approached by Twiggy Garcia while he was dining with family and friends at Tramshed in Shoreditch.

Mr Garcia told the politician he was making a citizen's arrest on the grounds that he was a "war criminal" who had launched an "unprovoked war" against Iraq.

The barman told the Vice website: "I went over to him, put my hand on his shoulder and said: Mr Blair, this is a citizen's arrest for a crime against peace, namely your decision to launch an unprovoked war against Iraq. I am inviting you to accompany me to a police station to answer the charge."

He said: "No, shouldn't you be worried about Syria?"

Then he asked me: "But don't you agree that Saddam was a brutal dictator and he needed to be removed? and I replied not by an illegal war."

Mr Garcia said Mr Blair's companions stepped in after he again asked the ex-premier to accompany him to a police station.

"One of his sons got up and went to get the plain clothes security from downstairs. I decided to get out of there sharpish, I've had a few run-ins with the police in the past and it never ends well," he said.

Mr Garcia, who is also an aspiring music producer, said he had resigned from his job immediately.

A spokesman for Mr Blair said: "There is nothing to report here apart from fact that Mr Blair did offer to discuss the issue - that offer was declined and the individual walked off.

"Nothing else happened. Everyone is fine and they had a great time at the restaurant."

It is the latest in a series of run-ins between Mr Blair and opponents of the Iraq war. In 2012 a protester had to be removed from the Leveson inquiry after bursting in during the former Labour leader's evidence and accusing him of being a war criminal.

A spokeswoman for Tramshed declined to comment.

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2:44pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

Mr Garcia said Mr Blair's companions stepped in after he again asked the ex-premier to accompany him to a police station.
"One of his sons got up and went to get the plain clothes security from downstairs. I decided to get out of there sharpish, I've had a few run-ins with the police in the past and it never ends well," he said.

Would that be the plain clothed security paid for by the taxpayer, or the plain clothed security paid for by this multi-millionaire?
Mr Garcia said Mr Blair's companions stepped in after he again asked the ex-premier to accompany him to a police station. "One of his sons got up and went to get the plain clothes security from downstairs. I decided to get out of there sharpish, I've had a few run-ins with the police in the past and it never ends well," he said. Would that be the plain clothed security paid for by the taxpayer, or the plain clothed security paid for by this multi-millionaire? Jackaranda

3:35pm Tue 21 Jan 14

st-george1 says...

I'll bet there are many people around the world who wish that they like this barman Twiggy Garcia, could arrest and prosecute Prime Ministers, MPs and others as well for serious misconduct in Public Office, particularly when soldiers and civilian lives are lost and injured because of their lies.
Soon to be revealed tales of the B-liar-Bush and Campbell conversations about war with Iraq will be their global legacy and the UK’s embarrassment.
looking like a scam of all scams, with people busily shredding the truth and now ten years later their script writers have had time to manipulate the evidence and re-write a very different account of what these three said and did, a bit like perverting the course of justice to escape international punishment !
I'll bet there are many people around the world who wish that they like this barman Twiggy Garcia, could arrest and prosecute Prime Ministers, MPs and others as well for serious misconduct in Public Office, particularly when soldiers and civilian lives are lost and injured because of their lies. Soon to be revealed tales of the B-liar-Bush and Campbell conversations about war with Iraq will be their global legacy and the UK’s embarrassment. looking like a scam of all scams, with people busily shredding the truth and now ten years later their script writers have had time to manipulate the evidence and re-write a very different account of what these three said and did, a bit like perverting the course of justice to escape international punishment ! st-george1

4:41pm Tue 21 Jan 14

behonest says...

"One of his sons got up and went to get the plain clothes security from downstairs. I decided to get out of there sharpish, I've had a few run-ins with the police in the past and it never ends well," he said.

Good decision to get out sharpish. You'd have been battered senseless, and then charged with assaulting the police.
"One of his sons got up and went to get the plain clothes security from downstairs. I decided to get out of there sharpish, I've had a few run-ins with the police in the past and it never ends well," he said. Good decision to get out sharpish. You'd have been battered senseless, and then charged with assaulting the police. behonest

6:00pm Tue 21 Jan 14

jeremy0 says...

Blair is a war criminal but nothing can touch him,hence the nickname TEFLON Tony
Blair is a war criminal but nothing can touch him,hence the nickname TEFLON Tony jeremy0

6:16am Wed 22 Jan 14

darloboss says...

just another clown trying it on for a bit of fame
nothing to report dont wet yourselves girls
just another clown trying it on for a bit of fame nothing to report dont wet yourselves girls darloboss

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