KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said British former Premier Tony Blair is a war criminal, local media reported on Friday.
"I am disgusted that Tony Blair has been invited to Malaysia. This man, to me, is a war criminal. Through instigating the war in Iraq, he has killed more than (former Bosnian Serb leader) Radovan Karadzic and (former Iraqi President) Saddam Hussein," said Mahathir at his office at the Petronas Twin Towers here on Thursday.
"Saddam has been hanged, Karadzic was recently arrested, but this man goes around the world, lecturing on the rule of law," he said, referring to Blair's lecture Friday on "Rule of Law and Good Governance" as the 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lecture, an annual event of Universiti Malaya since 1986.
Mahathir, who is Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal chairman, said Blair's presence was no laughing matter and felt saddened that Malaysia, an Islamic country, would play host to a leader who contributed in ravaging another Islamic country, the New Straits Times reported.