UK calls for 'greater clarity' on ICC's new crime of aggression

Britain among four countries looking to block court’s jurisdiction which could protect likes of Tony Blair from prosecution

The UK government is lobbying to block the international criminal court from activating the war crime of aggression, according to campaigners, in a move that could protect Tony Blair and other British politicians from the risk of future prosecution.

A three-page position paper circulated by the UK, Canada, France, Japan and Norway earlier this year, and seen by the Guardian, argues that the offence should not yet be operated within the court’s jurisdiction on the grounds that there is a need for “greater clarity”.

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