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George Galloway might get suspended!

Posted by Atilla89 on July 18, 2007

Rejoice! This guy is a bastard, I did a small post on him (must of been my third one on the other The Home of Atilla blog). Anyway, if he gets suspended, I’m going to be so happy. Here’s the article thanks to LGF – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=0A24DMQI10XR1QFIQMFCFFWAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2007/07/17/ngalloway717.xml

George Galloway, the Respect MP, is facing suspension from the House of Commons for 18 days over his links to a charity which was financed by illegal deals involving Saddam Hussein’s government.

   
 

The Commons Standards and Privileges Committee, in one of its most damning reports against an MP, said today that Mr Galloway at best “turned a blind eye” to what was going on but was more likely to have been “complicit” in the concealment of the true source of funds for his Mariam Appeal.

Mr Galloway denounced the all-party committee of MPs as a “politicised tribunal” after it concluded unanimously that he had “connived” in the abuse of the United Nations oil-for-food programme which was set up to allow Saddam to sell Iraqi oil to buy humanitarian supplies to alleviate the effects of the long standing trade embargo.

The proposed Commons ban would be one of the most severe imposed on an MP. Any ban – which requires the backing of MPs – would take effect from October when the Commons returns from its summer recess.

The report today by Sir Philip Mawer, the parliamentary commissioner who began his inquiry in 2003, was delayed because of a libel case brought by Mr Galloway against The Daily Telegraph.

Mr Galloway was awarded £150,000 in libel damages.

The standards committee said that Mr Galloway should not only apologise to the Commons for failing to register donations to the fund but also to David Blair, the Daily Telegraph’s diplomatic correspondent, who discovered the documents linking the charity payments to the oil-for-food programme in a room in the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the fall of the Saddam regime.

Mr Galloway insisted that the documents were not authentic and accused Mr Blair, under the cloak of parliamentary privilege, of committing perjury in the libel trial over how he found the documents.

The committee said it had “no doubt” that Mr Blair’s account of how he had found them was to be preferred, and that they were authentic documents.

The committee found that Mr Galloway had breached the Code of Conduct by failing to register his interest in the Mariam Appeal, did not declare his interest in it whenever he should have, and used his Parliamentary office and staff to support the appeal “to an excessive extent”.

It said it would only have demanded an apology for those failings – saying the MP had “recognised his shortcomings” in those areas.

   
 

However, it added: “Mr Galloway’s conduct aimed at concealing the true source of Iraqi funding of the Mariam Appeal, his conduct towards Mr David Blair and others involved in this inquiry, his unwillingness to co-operate fully with the Commissioner, and his calling into question of the Commissioner’s and our own integrity have, in our view, damaged the reputation of the House.

“In accordance with precedent, we recommend that he apologise to the House, and be suspended from its service for a period of 18 actual sitting days.”

The committee rejected Mr Galloway’s claim that the oil-for-food programme could not be considered to be Iraqi government funding.

“This is purely a matter of semantics: those selling oil under the programme first required options granted by the Iraqi government, There was strong circumstantial evidence that the oil-for-food programme was used by the Iraqi government, with Mr Galloway’s connivance, to fund the campaigning activities of the Mariam Appeal.

“In acting as he did Mr Galloway breached the advocacy rule and damaged the reputation of the House. We believe he was complicit in the concealment of the true source of the funds for the Mariam Appeal.”

The appeal received £448,000 from Fawaz Zureikat, a Jordanian businessman, who was also a trustee of the appeal. It subsequently emerged that more than half of this money came from the proceeds of Iraqi oil sales.

The committee described Mr Galloway as “reckless” in the authority he gave to Mr Zureikat, the biggest donor.

It said that he was “clearly irresponsible” in refusing to look into the source of substantial donations to the fund and criticised his refusal to co-operate with the inquiry which was of the longest and the most complex ever undertaken.

But it found no evidence he had used any of the money for personal gain.

Mr Galloway claims he is the victim of a smear campaign. He says he had no idea that the money donated had come from Iraqi oil sales.

Mr Galloway said today: “I challenged everything that Sir Humphrey and Sir Bufton and Sir Tufton put to me because the points they were putting to me were false. I will not allow people to make false allegations against me.

“I am not a punch bag. If you aim low blows at me I will fight back. That’s what I’ve done and that’s what I’ve been suspended for.”

The Mariam Appeal, which raised more than £1.4m, has never filed any accounts

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2 Responses to “George Galloway might get suspended!”

  1. Brad said

    So why haven’t Rumsfeld and Cheney been suspended yet for their links to illegal deals with Saddam’s government? Oh, right. I forgot, I’m not supposed to talk about that!

  2. Atilla89 said

    What are you talking about? Cheney and Rumsfeld doesn’t have links to former Iraqi government under Saddam. It is true that Rumsfeld did talk to Saddam during the Iran-Iraq war, but don’t forget that the U.S. was very much against Iran at the time.

    It’s not like Rumsfeld was supporting Iraq militarily “According to declassified U.S. State Department documents Rumsfeld also informed Tariq Aziz (Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister) that: “Our efforts to assist were inhibited by certain things that made it difficult for us … citing the use of chemical weapons.”

    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB82/iraq32.pdf

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