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Heckler calls Tony Blair 'a war criminal' as former British PM appears at phone-hacking inquiry

A protester (in white shirt) is tackled by security staff as he calls former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (seated at left) a "war criminal" during Blair's testimony to the Leveson Inquiry in London, England on May 28, 2012. Lord Leveson is seen standing at top right.

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives to give evidence before the Leveson Inquiry on May 28, 2012.

By Alastair Jamieson, msnbc.com and NBC News — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was accused of being "a war criminal" by a heckler who burst into a court room during his testimony at a UK inquiry into media ethics Monday. 

The protester shouted for Blair to be arrested - shortly before he was himself bundled away by security staff.

Blair, who served as prime minister between 1997 and 2007, was the latest senior politican to appear at the investigation set up last year in the wake of a phone-hacking scandal when it emerged that reporters at the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World tabloid had routinely hacked into the phones of public figures. Read the full story.

 

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Tony Blair is seen during the 1997 General Election campaign, when Rupert Murdoch's influential newspaper The Sun switched allegiances to back Blair's Labour party.

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Anti-war protesters gather outside The Royal Courts of Justice as former Prime Minister Tony Blair started to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry on May 28, 2012 in London, England.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair testified this morning about his close ties to media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who's News of the World tabloid is in the middle of a phone-hacking scandal. NBC's Stephanie Gosk reports.