British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday that the decision to suspend London Mayor Ken Livingstone was "silly."
A three-man committee from the Adjudication Panel for England on February 24 unanimously held that Livingstone had been "unnecessarily insensitive and offensive" to Oliver Finegold, a journalist at the Evening Standard. The tribunal suspended Livingstone from office for "four weeks from March 1" and fined him the costs of the litigation, approximately 80,000.
Following July 7 terror bombings in London he justified Palestinian terrorism against Israelis, saying, "The Palestinians don't have jets and bombs, they only have their bodies to use as weapons" and has equated the Likud to Hamas saying they were "two sides to the same coin."
Livingstone announced his intentions to appeal the panel's decision to Britain's High Court on Monday.