Cannes hears call for 'war criminals' Bush, Blair to face trial

20th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Director Ken Loach, in Cannes with his Iraq war film, called Thursday for the "war criminals" George W. Bush and Tony Blair to be tried for launching the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

"We have to keep pursuing Blair, Bush and the others until we have them in the dock," he said as he arrived for a red carpet premiere of his film "Route Irish" which is in the running for the festival's Palme d'Or top prize.

"It's certainly true that the people who started the war, who are war criminals, have not been called to account," said Loach, whose new work probes the murky world of private security contractors in Iraq.

Britain's former prime minister Blair was George W. Bush's staunchest supporter when the then US president launched the Iraq invasion in 2003.

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