January 26, 2010
[efoods]Two of the Government’s most senior lawyers at the time of the Iraq war have said they believed it was illegal without a second UN resolution.
In a written statement Sir Michael Wood, who was the Foreign Office’s chief legal adviser in the run-up to the conflict said: “I considered that the use of force against Iraq in March 2003 was contrary to international law.
“In my opinion, that use of force had not been authorised by the Security Council, and had no other legal basis in international law.”
Sir Michael told the inquiry the then-foreign secretary Jack Straw rejected advice from his department’s lawyers that the war would be unlawful without a second Security Council resolution.
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