Protest against trial of heckler who called Tony Blair a ‘war criminal’ at Leveson Inquiry

Campaigners staged a protest outside Haringey Magistrates’ Court ahead of the trial of Tony Blair heckler David Lawley-Wakelin today (Friday, November 16).

Members of Stop the War Coalition gathered outside the court this morning brandishing placards in support of Lawley-Wakelin.

The 49-year-old interrupted former prime minister Tony Blair as he gave evidence as part of the Leveson Inquiry at the Royal Courts of Justice on May 28, calling him a “war criminal”.

Today, Lawley-Wakelin, of Shepperton, Middlesex, appeared for trial at Haringey Magistrates’ Court in Highgate accused with an offence under the Public Order Act 1986 in relation to the Leveson incident.

He has pleaded not guilty.


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District judge Robin McPhee is expected to deliver a verdict at 2pm.

Speaking outside the court, Chris Nineham, 50, vice-chairman of Stop the War Coalition, said: “It’s an outrage that he is the man being investigated today when his only so-called crime was to try and arrest a known war criminal.”

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