An­gry fam­ily de­clares Blair ‘is worst ter­ror­ist’

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LON­DON: Tony Blair has been called “the world’s worst ter­ror­ist” by one of the fam­i­lies of the 179 Bri­tish ser­vice per­son­nel killed in Iraq, mo­ments af­ter they heard Sir John Chilcot fi­nally de­liver his ver­dict on the Iraq War ear­lier this week.

Af­ter Sir John de­liv­ered a sum­mary of his find­ings, Sarah O’Con­nor, whose brother Sergeant Bob O’Con­nor died in Iraq in 2005, fought back tears as she said: “There is one ter­ror­ist that the world needs to be aware of and his name is Tony Blair, the world’s worst ter­ror­ist.”

She was speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence called by some of the be­reaved fam­i­lies. They made clear they would now be con­sid­er­ing le­gal ac­tion in light of the find­ings of the 2.6-mil­lion-word, 12-vol­ume re­port and Blair would be one of their main tar­gets.

.O’Con­nor said her over­whelm­ing emo­tion was anger.

Re­fer­ring to Blair, she said: “If he is so sure of his de­ci­sion, why is he not here, looking at our eyes and ac­tu­ally see­ing our faces? When he gave his ev­i­dence it was def­i­nitely the Tony Blair show. He thinks he’s the pup­pet master pulling the strings.

“The ter­ror­ists took my brother and in that sen­tence of ter­ror­ists I in­clude Mr Blair.”

Be­reaved fa­ther Ed­die Han­cock, whose 19-year-old son Jamie Han­cock was killed in Basra in 2006, said Blair should be ex­iled from pub­lic life.

He said: “I hope and I would like to call on all politi­cians in this coun­try that for the griev­ous dam­age this m an has in­flicted on this na­tion, on its armed forces, that he be banned from any form of pub­lic of­fice for life. At the very least.” Roger Ba­con, whose son Matthew died when his Snatch Land Rover was hit by an Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sive De­vice in Basra in Septem­ber 2005, told the press con­fer­ence: “Af­ter suf­fi­cient time and proper anal­y­sis of Chilcot’s re­port, we re­serve the right to call spe­cific par­ties to an­swer for their ac­tions in the courts.” – The In­de­pen­dent

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