Sunday, January 17, 2010

Almost one in four Britons back Blair war crimes trial: poll

LONDON — Nearly one quarter of Britons want former prime minister Tony Blair to be tried as a war criminal over the Iraq war, according to a poll published on Sunday.

A YouGov poll for The Sunday Times newspaper found that 23 percent of those surveyed think that Blair should face war crimes charges.

The weekly newspaper added that 52 percent believe that Blair deliberately misled the country in the run-up to the 2003 war.

Blair, who led the nation into the controversial conflict, will meanwhile give evidence to a public inquiry into the Iraq war at some point in the two-week period from January 25.

The survey suggested that most people think the former premier knew that Saddam Hussein possessed no weapons of mass destruction.

Yougov found that only 32 percent of those polled accepted that Blair "genuinely believed" in the threat that he used to help make the case for the Iraq war.

YouGov interviewed 2,033 voters in an online poll that was conducted on Thursday and Friday.

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