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British AG denies lack of involvement on Iraq legal justification

[JURIST] British Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] issued a statement Friday denying reports that his 2003 parliamentary answer [text; JURIST report] on the legality of the Iraq invasion had been drawn up in the Prime Minister's office. Earlier this week, British papers reported that the answer, presented to Parliament as Lord Goldsmith's official opinion, was drawn up in No. 10 Downing Street [JURIST report], not the attorney general's chambers. In his Friday statement, Lord Goldsmith said the answer had been prepared in his own office and "I was fully involved throughout the drafting process and personally finalised, and of course approved, the answer." The UK Press Association has more.

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