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.

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.”