Hans Blix to appear before British Iraq inquiry

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Britain's Iraq war inquiry will question Hans Blix, the chief UN weapons inspector at the time of the US-led invasion, when it resumes its public hearings later this month, it said Friday.

Blix is among a string of senior military and political officials called to appear before the five-member panel investigating Britain's role in the 2003 invasion and subsequent conflict, which will restart hearings on June 29.

He has been highly critical of the invasion, which US and British authorities justified on the basis that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. None were ever found.

Eliza Manningham-Buller, the former head of domestic security service MI5, will also appear before the inquiry in London, as will former armed forces chiefs General Mike Jackson and Richard Dannatt.

The inquiry was launched last July, following the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, and heard from former premiers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in its first round of hearings.

It is due to report by the end of the year.

© 2010 AFP

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