posted on Apr, 24 2003 @ 09:29 AM
The recent discovery of Iraqi documents linking British MP George Galloway from Glasgow to Saddam Hussein has caused him to strenuously deny these
allegations, claiming the documents are frauds.
That begs some intriguing questions though:
1) Why would Iraqi officials take the time to fabricate documents implicating him with Saddam Hussein?
2) If the Iraqi’s did not “plant” this supposed false information, then who did? Possibly the British news reporter who found them? Very
Consider some recent reports about Mr. Galloway’s involvements in the Middle East, and think about his lavish lifestyle including a Ł250,000 villa in
Portugal, a total of Ł80,000 was spent on the campaign's offices overlooking Trafalgar Square in central London, Ł35,000 was spent on three
conferences, and Ł50,000 on sanctions-monitoring publications, publicity and advertisements.
George Galloway conceded last night that intermediaries in his fund-raising activities could have siphoned off money from Saddam Hussein - but
insisted he had never done so. As the Labour MP fought to counter allegations that he received up to Ł375,000 a year from the Iraqi regime, Mr
Galloway revealed the full amount given to the Mariam Appeal - the organisation he founded to fly a young Iraqi leukemia victim to Britain for medical
treatment and which then became a campaign against Iraqi sanctions - and pledged to release further figures today.
It has been alleged that he had spent the money - purportedly intended to treat sick Iraqi children - on extensive travelling expenses. Mr Galloway
revealed that the Mariam Appeal had received about Ł800,000 over the past four years. More than Ł500,000 was provided by the United Arab Emirates and
about Ł100,00 by Saudi Arabia.
The bulk of the remainder had been provided by the Jordanian businessman, Fawaz Zureikat, a long-time opponent of sanctions against Iraq and the
campaign's chairman. The rest came from a number of small donors, said Mr Galloway. As for expenditure, Ł150,000 was spent on the "Big Ben to
Baghdad" bus - which travelled from London to Baghdad in 1999 - and about Ł60,000 on a sanctions-busting flight to Baghdad the following year. Mr
Galloway insisted the Great Britain Iraq Society, an organisation linked to the Mariam Appeal and cited by the MP as funding foreign trips in the
Commons register of members' interests, had spent just a few thousand pounds in one year.
George Galloway has rejected the latest allegations linking him to the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, and claims he has been the victim of a
set-up. The Labour MP has confirmed he intends to sue The Daily Telegraph, which has published new evidence suggesting Saddam tried to shield him
from the potential scandal of being linked to Iraqi intelligence. The newspaper reported that an official letter, from Saddam's deputy in the then
ruling Baath Party's Revolutionary Command Council, showed the Iraqi regime was seeking to shield Mr Galloway from damage. It said that the
document, recovered from the burned-out Iraqi foreign ministry, added to the evidence that Mr Galloway was paid hundreds of thousands of pounds by the
However Mr Galloway said the provenance of the document was extremely suspicious, and confirmed that he would be pursuing his libel action against the
The BBC, also obtained documents apparently acknowledging the receipt by Mr Galloway of cheques for Ł60,000 on behalf of the National Lobby of
Kashmir. But the MP denied that it was a receipt, claiming it was only a letter he had written outlining how the group had spent its annual budget. He
had then accused BBC of "shabby, downmarket journalism".
So what do you folks think about this? Is George Galloway an innocent victim of a smear campagin? Or has he been exposed as a politician selling his
votes to the highest bidders?