Skip to comments.Galloway to face US critics on their home turf
Posted on 10/30/2005 9:55:34 PM PST by Critical Bill
Key points Galloway off to the USA to face accusers Fresh accusations and allegations have been levelled at the MP Lawyer of former Iraqi foreign minister is said to deny truth of allegations
Key quote "...Mr Galloway will be brought to justice" - Senator Norm Coleman GEORGE Galloway will mount a crusade to clear his name in the United States after American prosecutors confirmed they were considering a criminal investigation into allegations over his role in Iraq's oil-for-food scandal.
Yesterday the US Justice Department appeared to have taken up the Respect MP's call to "bring on" a legal battle after reports that Mr Galloway had been referred to state, federal, and local prosecutors.
This follows the submission of a dossier from Senator Norm Coleman, the senior Republican, who was publicly humiliated when Mr Galloway gave him a verbal drubbing before his own committee in May.
The documents purported to show funds being transferred from the Iraqi oil-for-food scheme through Fawaz Zureikat, a Jordanian businessman, into the account of Mr Galloway's estranged wife, Dr Amineh Abu-Zayyad, and the Marian Appeal, Mr Galloway's charity.
Also included are separate documents from the United Nations which identify additional payments to Dr Abu-Zayyad.
Senator Coleman said at the weekend that he was "fairly confident Mr Galloway will be brought to justice" and that this would be the "final nail in the coffin".
A US Justice Department spokesman confirmed the six allegations would be considered, saying: "We're obligated to investigate any potentially criminal matter brought to our attention, review it and take it from there."
However, the prospect of a jury trial and prison sentence, if the perjury charges are proven, did not appear to faze Mr Galloway's supporters.
Ron McKay, his spokesman, insisted the former Glasgow MP would head to the United States in any case to face his critics directly. "We will be going to the States in the next few weeks, charges or not, to answer any questions head-on," Mr McKay told The Scotsman.
The press officer, who was also implicated in the UN report, added the "evidence" against his boss centred around claims that his wife had benefited from the Iraqi regime, rather than Mr Galloway - a fact acknowledged by Senator Coleman, who still insists the MP would have known that his wife was in receipt of cheques from Mr Zureikat. This, Mr McKay claimed, was double standards.
Supporters have been buoyed by a denial of the allegations from the lawyer of Tariq Aziz, the former Iraqi foreign minister, whose testimony had been crucial to link Mr Galloway to oil payments.
Plans to release Mr Galloway's book, The Battle for Bethnal Green and Bow, have been put on hold - perhaps to ensure it gets maximum publicity when Mr Galloway heads to the US.
I am SO looking forward to seeing this lick-spittle get his.
I am so hoping that they let Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald have a go at this one.
One can only hope.
As soon as the heat gets too intense, look for little George to abscond to Syria or Iran.
Don't be silly, Georgous George wouldn't be caught dead in a third world toilet like a middle east country. They are only good for exploiting and making him look good.
Don't hold your breath for the Bush Justice Department to go after this scumbag.
Leftists don't get prosecuted in America.
Too true. He's a self-promoting prima donna and a total disgrace.
isn't there a law in this country that only conservatives and republicans can be indicted for perjury? any liberals and democrats, even foreign non-citizens and
ex-presidents, have immunity from this law at all times.
Great link thanx
I'm not so sure that's a good idea. I don't believe that Galloway has any ties to the White House. Any Fitzgerald investigation in this matter might just result in the prosecution of Norm Coleman or one of his staffers.
Galloway will get his soon enough. I betting that he pulls the trigger on himself.
well as i said before, his mouth is his main weakness...
a classic story of give a man enough rope.....
watching this story will be fascinating...
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