Leading UK intellectual and activist George Monbiot has offered a cash reward to anyone willing to attempt a citizen’s arrest of Tony Blair on War Crimes charges.
Monbiot is accepting donations for the cause on his website http://www.arrestblair.org/, which raised nearly 10,000 pounds in a day, though Pay Pal has since cut off its service to the site. Donors are still able to pay via bank transfer.
The human-rights activist says on the site that the money collected will be given to anyone who attempts an earnest and documented citizen’s arrest of Blair for the Iraqis killed in the former-Prime Minister’s invasion and occupation of that country.
The method the site recommends is “calmly to approach Mr Blair and in a gentle fashion to lay a hand on his shoulder or elbow, in such a way that he cannot have any cause to complain of being hurt or trapped by you, and announce loudly, ‘Mr Blair, this is a citizens’ 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.’”
The website also notes that whether or not the arrester believes Blair to be guilty will not affect their ability to collect the reward.
“If they try to arrest Mr. Blair because they care about the people he has killed, so much the better. But if they do it only for the money, that is fine too, and we will have encouraged an attempt which would not otherwise have taken place,” said the site.
Reported by Jon Dillingham