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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

US SENATE 'FINDS IRAQ OIL CASH IN GALLOWAY'S WIFE'S BANK ACCOUNT'

Thank god! My faith in United Nations corruption has been restored. For a while now I've been fretting over the possibility that Galloway may have been legit!

I hope they can make this stick.

Snipets:

GEORGE GALLOWAY faces possible criminal charges after a US Senate investigation tracked $150,000 (£85,000) in Iraqi oil money to his wife’s bank account in Jordan.

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“We have what we would call the smoking gun,” said Senator Norm Coleman, the sub-committee’s Republican chairman.

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A Senate aide said that Mr. Galloway would be referred to the Justice Department for investigation of possible perjury, false statement and obstruction of a congressional proceeding — all “Class A” felonies carrying a sentence of up to five years and a $250,000 fine.

The report says the Jordanian middleman Fawaz Zureikat, a close friend of Mr. Galloway and his representative in Baghdad, funnelled $150,000 from Iraqi oil sales to Mr. Galloway’s wife and at least $446,000 to the Mariam Appeal. On the same day Mr. Zureikat also paid $15,666 to Ron McKay, Mr. Galloway’s spokesman. Mr. McKay could not be contacted for comment last night.

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ALLEGATIONS

Mr. Galloway’s wife, Dr. Amineh Abi-Zayyad, received $150,000 from Oil-for-Food allocations

Mr. Galloway’s charity, the Mariam Appeal, received $446,000 from Oil-for-Food allocations

A Jordanian middleman and friend of Mr. Galloway, Fawaz Zureikat, obtained the money

Tariq Aziz, Iraq’s former deputy Prime Minister, testified that Mr. Galloway asked for oil allocations

Mr. Galloway “knowingly made false or misleading statements under oath” at the Senate committee in May

Mr. Galloway has responded as such: Charge Me, Galloway Tells Senators Over New Claims. Mr. Galloway, we're happy to oblige. Oh wouldn't it be loverly?

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