17:50 21 January 2014
On Friday evening, former Prime Minister Tony Blair was having dinner with friends and family at Tramshed restaurant in Shoreditch in London when a member of a staff accused him of being a war criminal and attempted to place him under citizen’s arrest.
Twigger Garcia, recalled how the incident unfolded stating: "I went over to him, put my hand on his shoulder and said: 'Mr Blair, this is a citizen's arrest for a crime against peace, namely your decision to launch an unprovoked war against Iraq. I am inviting you to accompany me to a police station to answer the charge.”
"He said: 'No, shouldn’t you be worried about Syria?' and I replied that I can only address things that are within my grasp at any one time."
While the staff member and former Labour Prime Minister were engaged in debate, Blair’s son called the security. When Garcia noticed, he left the restaurant immediately, quitting his job in the process.
Garcia claims he wanted to arrest Blair "for a few years" after stumbling across the website arrestblair.org which offers a bounty standing at currently over £8,000 available to anyone who carries out the deed.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Blair’s office commented on the issue, saying: "Mr Blair did offer to discuss the issue – that offer was declined and the individual walked off. Nothing else happened. Everyone is fine and they had a great time at the restaurant."
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