Friday 20 April 2018

Blair plays down 'citizen's arrest'

File photo dated 28/10/13 of Tony Blair who has played down an attempt by a bar worker to arrest him at a trendy London restaurant. Photo: PA.
File photo dated 28/10/13 of Tony Blair who has played down an attempt by a bar worker to arrest him at a trendy London restaurant. Photo: PA.

James Tapsfield

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

The former British prime minister, pictured, 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.'

"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 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."

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."

Irish Independent

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