Monday, October 24, 2005

Galloway Knee-Deep in Oil-For-Food

An icon of the hate-America Club, European faction, may be headed for a fall. Pardon me while I shed a tear.

Galloway faces jail for fresh corruption claims

GEORGE Galloway could be facing a lengthy prison sentence in the United States after a Senate committee last night claimed it had fresh evidence his political organisation and his wife had received nearly £340,000 in oil-for-food allocations from Saddam Hussein and then lied under oath about the deal.

The committee said it had the "smoking gun" that proved the anti-war activist received UN allocations from Saddam, a charge the Respect Party MP vehemently denied under oath in May.

"I have not made a penny out of oil deals with Iraq or indeed any other kind of deal," Mr Galloway said.

Mr Coleman, a harsh critic of the United Nations, said his panel's evidence shows that Mr Galloway personally solicited and was granted oil allocations totalling 23 million barrels from 1999 through 2003. Those allocations could be sold for a profit.

Ouch. That's gonna leave a mark.

The report also alleges that Mr Galloway's friend, Jordanian businessman Fawaz Zureikat, funnelled money from the oil-for-food programme to Mr Galloway's wife, Amineh Abu-Zayyad, and to the Mariam Appeal, a political organisation that Mr Galloway established in 1998.

Wasn’t Galloway at Sheehanpalooza last month?