Ex-Oxfam staffer in Blair arrest attempt

A former Oxfam worker was arrested at the Labour party conference last week after attempting to carry out a citizen's arrest on Tony Blair for war crimes in Iraq.

Ian Brown confronted the Prime Minister as he came into the Bournemouth International Centre to deliver his conference speech.

Brown, who was Oxfam country representative in Zaire in the mid-1990s, shouted: "Mr Blair, this is a citizen's arrest for war crimes against the Iraqi people." He was then hauled away by police.

He was held in a cell for three hours and threatened with a charge of being drunk and disorderly before being released without charge. He told Third Sector he had drunk one pint of beer.

"Blair prosecuted an illegal war, which wasn't sanctioned by the UN," he said. "I made my point."

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