TMR 159: Adeyinka Makinde: Can the British State Convict Itself? (Part One: Tony Blair & Iraq)
The first part of a wide-ranging interview with Julian Charles of The Mind Renewed about my proposed paper, “Can the British State Convict Itself?” This segment focused on Prime Minister Tony Blair’s decision to take Britain to war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in 2003, the circumstances of which much considered legal opinion has equated to have involved participating in a conspiracy to wage an aggressive war in contravention of established international criminal law.
Julian Charles: Hello everybody! Julian Charles here of The Mind Renewed dot Com coming to you after a break of several weeks of ‘maternity leave’ as I’ve been calling it after the arrival of our new baby- coming to you from the depths of the Lancashire countryside here in the UK, and today I’m very pleased to welcome to the programme the lawyer and university lecturer Adeyinka Makinde for a discussion on his soon to be published article with the intriguing title “Intelligence Accountability: Can the British State Convict Itself?” Adeyinka trained for the law as a barrister; he lectures in criminal law and public law at a university in London, here in the UK and has an academic research interest in intelligence and security matters. He writes on international relations, politics and military history, and has been a programme consultant and expert commentator for the BBC World Service Radio, China Radio International and the Voice of Russia. Adeyinka, thank you very much indeed for joining us on the programme.
Adeyinka Makinde: My pleasure Julian.