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Galloway challenges US senators to charge him with perjury

 
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Galloway challenges US senators to charge him with perjury
Galloway challenges US senators to charge him with perjury
By Andrew Woodcock, PA
Published: 25 October 2005
Galloway challenges US senators to charge him with perjury George Galloway denies Norm Coleman´s charges

George Galloway today challenged US senators to charge him with perjury over claims that he solicited money from Saddam Hussein´s oil-for-food programme and lied about it under oath.

The US Senate committee investigating the Respect MP´s alleged involvement in the saga claims to have discovered £85,000 (150,000 dollars) in Iraqi oil money in his estranged wife´s bank account.

And its chairman, Republican Senator Norm Coleman, says this means Mr Galloway lied under oath when giving evidence to the Senate Permanent Sub-committee on Investigations on May 17 this year, when he offered a passionate defence against similar claims

But Mr Galloway repeated denials that he had ever received any oil cash, and told Mr Coleman to "put up or shut up" by either bringing a prosecution or dropping the allegations.

The Bethnal Green and Bow MP accused Mr Coleman of orchestrating a "sneak revenge attack" motivated by a desire to avenge his "humiliation" at the hearing in May.

"I am demanding prosecution, I am begging for prosecution," Mr Galloway told Sky News.

"I am saying if I have lied under oath in front of the Senate, that´s a criminal offence.

"Charge me and I will head for the airport right now and face them down in court as I faced them down in the Senate room.

"Because I publicly humiliated this lick-spittle senator Norman Coleman - one of (President George) Bush´s right-hand men - in the US Senate in May, this sneak revenge attack has been launched over the last 24 hours."

The committee´s new report accuses Mr Galloway of personally soliciting and being granted eight oil allocations totalling 23 million barrels from the Hussein government between 1999 and 2003.

It claims that his estranged wife, Dr Amineh Abu-Zayyad, received approximately £85,000 (150,000 dollars) in connection with one allocation of oil.

And it alleges that at least £252,000 (446,000 dollars) was funnelled to Mr Galloway´s Mariam Appeal through several allocations.

Senator Coleman said: "I directed the sub-committee to continue its investigation into Mr Galloway because his testimony at the May 17, 2005 hearing so clearly conflicted with the evidence."

"The additional evidence ... clearly demonstrates that the testimony Mr Galloway provided to the sub-committee was false and misleading."

In its initial report the committee accused the former Labour MP of receiving 20 million barrels of oil from Saddam Hussein´s regime.

Dr Abu-Zayyad is quoted in the report specifically denying she received any money.

Asked whether she or her husband had benefited from Iraq oil sales, she replied to the committee in writing yesterday: "I have never solicited or received from Iraq or anyone else any proceeds of any oil deals, either for myself or for my former husband."

The committee attributes its findings to personal interviews with high-level members of the Hussein regime, anonymous oil traders with personal knowledge of Mr Galloway´s involvement and extensive bank records.

It claims that Jordanian businessman Fawaz Zureikat, a good friend of Mr Galloway, channelled the money from the United Nations oil-for-food programme to the MP´s former wife and to the Mariam Appeal.

It also cites testimony from former Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz who allegedly told investigators that Mr Galloway had requested oil allocations in the name of Mr Zureikat.

Former Iraqi vice president, Taha Yasin Ramadan, is quoted as saying that Mr Galloway had been granted oil allocations "because of his opinions about Iraq".

Mr Ramadan allegedly refers to the MP as "a friend of Iraq" who "needed to be compensated for his support."

The report also quotes former Iraqi oil minister Amer Rashid as confirming that Mr Galloway was granted oil allocations.

The committee then printed alleged documents which it claims prove the money transfers were made.

A Senate aide said the information had been turned over to the US Department of Justice, which potentially had the power to press charges of perjury.

The information will also be given to the British authorities.

Mr Galloway today said he had never inquired into the sources of funding for his former wife´s scientific work and did not speak on her behalf.

Of Aziz and Ramadan´s evidence, he said: "The evidence is statements made by the people on trial for genocide and living now in the dungeons of the American occupation in Iraq.

"Knowing what we do about what happens to people in American dungeons in Iraq, you don´t have to be a genius to work out why, after May, they would get somebody to say what they want them to say.

"Nobody has ever given me one thin dime from an oil deal or any other deal.

The Respect MP recently won £150,000 in libel damages after suing the Telegraph over documents published in 2003, in which he was said to have asked for an increased allocation from the oil-for-food programme.

The newspaper is currently appealing that ruling.

[link to news.independent.co.uk]
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Re: Galloway challenges US senators to charge him with perjury
George will make mince meat out of Senator Norm Coleman again.
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popcorn

Sock it to em George!
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Perhaps the scurrilous Coleman could be charged eventually for making false charges against Galloway?
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They won´t bring charges they just want to smear his name.
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He would need credibility if he hoped to have anyone believe him. No one in the Bush administration has any shred of that left.
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The petty incompetence of Bush´s admin is becoming headlines around the world.
Brilliant move by Galloway.
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"They won´t bring charges they just want to smear his name."

The man on the telly said there is a very good chance he will be charged. (bbc washington)
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Your lies below are all rubbish.



He will be charged with accepting bribes and possibly other crimes in England.


sez who???

norm coleman was just on bbc2 and said nothing of the sort - GG may not even be charged in the usa, let alone the UK - it is out of coleman´s lickspittle hands (although, of course, the fix is in)



He will be charged with perjury before Congress, if he returns to the US.



not true

see above

GG asked to be charged with perjury, because he has the perfect defence

1. he is innocent

2. the 2 iraqis implicating GG have cut deals with the usa goons in abu ghraib - both iraqis are under a death sentence and would implicate their own mothers to get off




Bank records prove that Galloway took bribes



no they don´t

GG had already gone through a major case with the daily torygraph, which GG WON, with substantial damages, and nothing was proved at all in court

NOTHING





from the Saddam Hussein regime in exchange for favorable treatment from Galloway, who offered a salute and lavish praise to Hussein when they met.



Hmmmm, GG met SH twice, DUMBSFELD met SH at least twice, selling SH arms with which to attack Iran

DO get your facts straight please

so far I have demolished every lie you have told, and incidentally, not even backed up with any valid links, because there aren´t any



Galloway, a reputed Communist,


ex

just like half the ´labour´ cabinet



was expelled from Britan´s Labor Party several years ago,


for telling the truth about atrocities in iraq

"The Labour Party will rue the day they took this step” he said, describing it as "kangaroo court" which was rigged in advance and a "travesty of justice".

Far from being bowed by the ruling, Galloway seemd set for a fight.

"With every bone in my body," he told the BBC, "I will fight to hold to account, a lying, dishonest Prime Minister."


though he still serves as an elected representative.




you make me laugh

go back to shill school

GG fronts his own party now and defetaed one of tony bliar´s top women gofers






any more questions???

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