Galloway may face charges over new Iraq documents

#1
From The Times http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2009259,00.html#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=Britain

SERIOUS Fraud Office investigators are trying to determine whether George Galloway should face charges in connection with the Iraqi Oil-for-Food scandal, it was reported yesterday.



A four-strong team is said to have returned from the US having been given access to thousands of documents, including bank records, relating to the affair. Reports published in America have suggested that large payments, laundered through the Oil-for-Food programme, were made by Saddam Hussein to Mr Galloway’s wife and to his political campaign organisation.

Mr Galloway, who was shut up in the Big Brother house yesterday and thus unable to comment on the involvement of the Fraud Office, has repeatedly denied accepting such payments and last year travelled to the US Senate to defend himself. He is predicted to be evicted from the house tonight.

During his time there Mr Galloway has been ridiculed for pretending to be a cat and for wearing a leotard. His housemates turned on him yesterday after he launched a tirade of insults at fellow contestants. He was seen sitting alone reading the Communist Manifesto.

The Fraud Office’s involvement comes a month after the Charity Commission announ- ced that it had begun a new inquiry into the Miriam Appeal, a fund set up by Mr Galloway to help sick Iraqi children. Investigators, the commission said, had been told to establish if any of the money paid to the appeal originated from the Oil-for Food programme.

A commission spokesman said in December: “The inquiry will also establish what is the legal status of these funds and examine the extent to which the trustees discharged their duties and responsibilities in accepting them.

“This is a different focus from the original inquiries opened in 2003. These inquiries examined how funds donated to the appeal were expended and whether the Mariam Appeal should have been registered as a charity.”

The commission took its decision after reports by the US Senate and the UN Independent Inquiry Committee into Oil-for-Food. Both reports, and the evidence on which they are based, are expected to feature prominently in documents being examined by the Fraud Office.

Previously he has insisted: “How many times must I repeat this: I’ve never had a penny through oil deals and no one has produced a shred of evidence that I have.”

He was expected to miss the court judgment today of the appeal by the Daily Telegraph against the £150,000 libel award it was ordered to pay Mr Galloway, after a jury ruled that it was guilty of libel by claiming in 2003 that Mr Galloway had taken cash from Saddam.
So Galloway gets kicked out of CBB, declared bankrupt and given the news he might be charged by the SFO on the same day.

There is, some where, a God.
 
#3
Amazing , they keep going after him don't they?

Someone is taking this very personally. Two questions ;

1. How much has "bringing democracy to Iraq" cost the British taxpayer so far?

2. How much of our tax has been trousered by less than honest Iraqi politicians and bent contractors?

By all means prosecute Galloway if he is guilty , but he's not the only one that needs to be in the dock.
 
#4
He'll be home free. It's the Serious Fraud Office investigating him. I seem to recall an analogy involving a p1ss up and a brewery, but I'm a little hazy on specifics.
 

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#5
PartTimePongo said:
By all means prosecute Galloway if he is guilty , but he's not the only one that needs to be in the dock.
Don't we prosecute him and then it is decided whether or not he is guilty?

Personally, I do hope that he is found guilty. Regardless of the rigts or wrongs of the Iraq War, he called on British Soldiers to revolt, which is sedition plain and simple.

Hang the Cnut.
 
#6
Any case will have to be absolutely watertight. This b'stard can wriggle more than a box full of wriggly things!!

Interestingly if he is found guilty he'll have to pay back the libel money? (depending on appeal outcome).
 
#7
PartTimePongo said:
Amazing , they keep going after him don't they?

Someone is taking this very personally. Two questions ;

1. How much has "bringing democracy to Iraq" cost the British taxpayer so far?

2. How much of our tax has been trousered by less than honest Iraqi politicians and bent contractors?

By all means prosecute Galloway if he is guilty , but he's not the only one that needs to be in the dock.
Answer to question 1 is about £3,500,000,000 so far and rising rapidly every day we're still there. And that's just in terms of MoD spending, without considering anything by the FCO or DfID and money towards various contractors and security firms.

Answer to Q2 is certainly not known by this C/S but it's more than I get paid!
 
#9
I'd be very surprised if they make the sh*t stick to Gorgeous George. After being the subject of a concerted effort to dig all the dirt up on him by the USA, and having humiliated their senate/court investigator on live TV, I imagine he'll not be quaking in his boots to hear that the SFO is on his case. A bit like being "savaged by a dead sheep" to quote Maggie.

I've been wrong before, but I don't believe that he has embezzled funds from the Miriam Fund(s), it doesn't fit with what is known of the man. Granted, he's a c*nt of the highest order, and I despise the outlook he stands for; as OldSnowy said the twat has espoused sedition in the Forces, he should be in the Tower. But grubby criminality? Nah.

Amazing, you can be arrested for reading out a list of names of War dead, or for calling a Police horse "Gay", but it's perfectly OK to spew treason. Funny old world...
 
#11
The Beautiful thing is that if the appeal against the libel case against the Telegraph is succesful, Galloway will be forced to pay his and the Teleraph's costs, which are reputed to be over £2.5million.

If that was the case, he is more than likely to declare himself bankrupt. As if that's not good enough, under the rules of Parliment, no-one can serve as an MP when declared bankrupt. Thus he would be proven to be a Liar and a thief, and will be skint and forced out of his job.

Ooh i do hope the judge is in a bad mood today :twisted:
 
#12
Themanwho said:
I'd be very surprised if they make the sh*t stick to Gorgeous George. After being the subject of a concerted effort to dig all the dirt up on him by the USA, and having humiliated their senate/court investigator on live TV, I imagine he'll not be quaking in his boots to hear that the SFO is on his case. A bit like being "savaged by a dead sheep" to quote Maggie.

I've been wrong before, but I don't believe that he has embezzled funds from the Miriam Fund(s), it doesn't fit with what is known of the man. Granted, he's a c*nt of the highest order, and I despise the outlook he stands for; as OldSnowy said the t**t has espoused sedition in the Forces, he should be in the Tower. But grubby criminality? Nah.

Amazing, you can be arrested for reading out a list of names of War dead, or for calling a Police horse "Gay", but it's perfectly OK to spew treason. Funny old world...
I'd not be so sure.

I'm currently in the (anti) fraud business,and I've seen guys just like him (portly,with facial hair,and a predelection for cigars and expensive suits) embezzle a lot more than old gorgeous has been accused of.

Some people know no limits in terms of depths they're prepared to sink to when it comes to making a lot of money quickly.
 
#13
Which brings me to my original point Random.

It almost seems Galloway is being hounded , not for a sum of money which even at exaggerated estimates, is a fraction of what the UK taxpayer has been (allegedly) defrauded of in bringing democracy and reconstruction to foreign lands , but persecuted because "He made the mates of my best mate look like rank amateurs"
 
#14
PartTimePongo said:
Which brings me to my original point Random.

It almost seems Galloway is being hounded , not for a sum of money which even at exaggerated estimates, is a fraction of what the UK taxpayer has been (allegedly) defrauded of in bringing democracy and reconstruction to foreign lands , but persecuted because "He made the mates of my best mate look like rank amateurs"
PTP,

Oh someone is gunning for him,that's for sure. Just got to take it one case at a time sadly,whilst I understand the point you're trying to make,and agree 100% that any allegations of fraud should be investigated,and action taken/not taken upon the outcome of said investigations, I do believe that it shouldn't be based upon the size of the butchers bill, so to speak.
 
#15
Themanwho said:
A bit like being "savaged by a dead sheep" to quote Maggie.
Pedantic I know, but it was Denis Healy referring to Geoffrey Howe.

I'm finding it funny that thousands of Galloway's constituents have signed an e-petition to get rid of him. Are these the same tw@ats who voted for him in the first place, knowing full well of his dodgy dealings?

If he survives all the sh1t waiting for him, I will salute his indefagitability. Then do the lump hammer thing (see other thread "Is GG a cnut?").


Edited/Red inked for clarity or something
 
#16
GET IN!


So the Telegraph evidence appears not to have been solid enough? Was this the same evidence that was found in that remarkably untouched room in an otherwise torched building?

Well we're going to see some fun and games now the SFO are involved.

2 ways this will go. Either George buys a seriously FRO Villa in the end, or he'll be ruined.

I wonder how far the people looking to persecute him will get with this, because this result will see George at his gobbiest, and he won't stop.

Be prepared for GG on TV with even bigger cigars.

Still, if they've got anything at all on him, it'll be a hell of a fall.
 
#17
Uday has very poor dress sense (allegedly)
 
#18
Shame, i would loved to have seen him come out to hear that he was majorly skint!
 
#19
#20
Read my comments JJ. I may detest this man , but I detest those he stands to embarass mightily even more, if in fact he is innocent of all accusations. When is he due back in front of the Senate?

Were these the same set of documents that Christian Science Monitor? held their hands up over? Was that an OoCS , or did it actually go to court?
 

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