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UN team links more oil cash to Galloway wife's bank account
The Times (UK) Online ^ | 10/28/2005 | James Bone

Posted on 10/27/2005 4:07:14 PM PDT by 1066AD

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The Times October 28, 2005

UN team links more oil cash to Galloway wife's bank account From James Bone in New York

Amina Naji Abu Zayyad, George Galloway's estranged wife (DWAYNE SENIOR)

::nobreak::GEORGE GALLOWAY faced new questions last night after a UN inquiry tracked additional payments of Iraqi oil money into his wife’s bank account.

Days after a US Senate committee tracked a $150,000 (£84,000) payment to the MP’s now estranged Palestinian wife, the UN inquiry reported that Amina Naji Abu Zayyad had earlier received a series of transfers totalling $120,000.

The revelation increases the pressure on the vocal anti-war politician, whom the report says was nicknamed “Abu Mariam” by the Iraqis, a reference to his anti-sanctions campaign, the Mariam Appeal.

The Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow already faces a parliamentary ethics inquiry and possible criminal charges for making “false or misleading” statements during his celebrated confrontation with US Senators in May.

The new details of Mr Galloway’s alleged involvement in the oil-for-food scandal were contained in a 620-page report issued at the end of an 18-month UN inquiry by a panel led by Paul Volcker, a former chairman of the US Federal Reserve.

The report also contained details of an unexplained payment of 20,000 Swiss francs (£8,800) to the son of Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary- General. And Jean-Bernard Merimée, France’s former UN Ambassador, admitted receiving $165,725 in commissions on an Iraqi oil sale in January 2002 while serving as a special adviser to Mr Annan.

M Merrimée told investigators that Tariq Aziz, Iraq’s former Deputy Prime Minister, had offered him the commissions because he was a “fair negotiator” as Paris’s UN envoy in setting up the oil-for-food system in the mid-1990s.

The report found that Marc Rich & Co financed oil purchases from Iraq and the associated kickbacks for the son of a French MP shortly after the company’s founder received a controversial pardon from President Clinton.

In all, about half the 4,500 companies that bought oil or supplied humanitarian goods under the UN scheme are suspected of having paid illegal kickbacks to the Saddam Hussein government. But only one oil company and 26 humanitarian suppliers actually admitted doing so.

The Volcker report cited Iraqi Oil Ministry records showing that Mr Galloway received allocations of million of barrels of oil to support the Mariam Appeal. Allocations of more than 18 million barrels went to Mr Galloway directly or indirectly through his Jordanian friend Fawaz Zureikat, the report says. Mr Zureikat paid $434,000 to the Mariam Appeal.

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations alleged this week that Mr Zureikat had also transferred $150,000 to Mr Galloway’s wife on August 3, 2000.

The Volcker inquiry tracks additional payments to Ms Abu Zayyad from a British-Iraqi businessman and prominent supporter of the Conservative Party named Burhan Chalabi. The report says that Mr Chalabi received an allocation of four million barrels of oil from Iraq on December 17, 1999, for “Galloway’s campaign”.

Delta Services, Mr Chalabi’s company, received $472,228 in commission payments on the allocation from the Fortum oil company. “Soon after each deposit, a series of payments totalling over $120,000 were transferred from the Delta Services bank account to the bank account of . . . Mr Galloway’s wife,” the report concludes.

Mr Chalabi also allegedly made two payments totalling over $150,000 to accounts apparently belonging to Mudhafar Amin, then Iraq’s chargé d’affaires in London, Mr Chalabi could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Mr Galloway told the UN panel that his wife denied that she had ever received $120,000 from Mr Chalabi or anyone else. Ms Abu Zayyad told the Senate committee she had never received “any proceeds of any oil deals”.

Yesterday Mr Galloway angrily rejected Mr Volcker's charges that he personally had benefited from Iraqi oil sales and said that he had never heard of Delta Services, which allegedly made payments to his wife. “This is all a tissue of lies and a lie doesn't become a truth through repetition,” he said.

But Senator Norm Coleman, Republican chairman of the Senate committee, noted that the Volcker report “completely supports” the findings of the Senate investigation.

“The [UN] Independent Inquiry Committee relied on parallel information and documents and arrived at the same conclusions we did: Galloway solicited financial assistance from the Hussein regime, his wife received hundreds of thousands of dollars in connection with oil-for-food deals, and his political arm also received hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Senator Coleman said.

The UN panel also tracks a new payment of 20,000 Swiss francs to Kojo Annan, the son of the UN secretary-general, from Cotecna, the Swiss company he helped to obtain a UN contract in Iraq.

The report says $135,000 went from Cotecna to a company called Kynaston Worldwide Ltd, owned by Michael Wilson, Kojo Annan’s childhood friend and fellow Cotecna executive. Two years later, Kynaston transferred 20,000 francs to an account in the name of Vevey Sport, a football club in which Kojo Annan had invested, “for the benefit of Mr Annan”.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cotecna; galloway; iraq; jordan; kojo; marcrich; treason; un; wot
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Galloway's wife, Marc Rich, Kojo Annan.. all with outstretched hands.
1 posted on 10/27/2005 4:07:15 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: 1066AD

Why do I get that feeling that Galloway is going to hide behind his wife's skirt?


2 posted on 10/27/2005 4:09:02 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: 1066AD

The plot thickens. In the end, I am not terribly surprised.


3 posted on 10/27/2005 4:09:09 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: 1066AD

Galloway a thief and a liar, and so is his wife? imagine that.


4 posted on 10/27/2005 4:10:52 PM PDT by pipecorp (Let's have a CRUSADE! , the muslims have already started. 1800 replies and not a single post!)
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To: 1066AD


Troskyite Hitchens must be having a few extra fingers of

Glennlivet tonight savoring the soon to be inmate Galloway


5 posted on 10/27/2005 4:14:59 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: 1066AD

do I REALLY have to say it???

6 posted on 10/27/2005 4:15:46 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: 1066AD


Galloway should do the honorable thing and jump of the London Bridge.


7 posted on 10/27/2005 4:16:05 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: 1066AD
The report found that Marc Rich & Co financed oil purchases from Iraq and the associated kickbacks for the son of a French MP shortly after the company’s founder received a controversial pardon from President Clinton.

Time for some highly covert action.

8 posted on 10/27/2005 4:17:07 PM PDT by gotribe (Hillary: Accessory to rape)
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To: 1066AD; jan in Colorado; Former Dodger; USF; Dark Skies; AmericanArchConservative; ariamne


NO BLOOD FOR OIL!


9 posted on 10/27/2005 4:18:06 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (See my bio page for link to pdf download; THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD.)
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To: Brilliant
That may be more difficult now than it was. They are divorcing. His soon-to-be ex-wife is Middle-Eastern.

Something tells me that Mr. Galloway was a big time stooge in this particular affair, and that he is going down in a big way. There is much more to this than meets the eye...still.
10 posted on 10/27/2005 4:19:39 PM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: 1066AD

No wonder George Galloway and the UN were against the war. They didn't want to lose their "oil for kickbacks and corruption" programs.


11 posted on 10/27/2005 4:21:23 PM PDT by manwiththehands
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To: 1066AD

How is Galloway subject to US Law. Why is lieing to the senate a crime for an MP?

I don't understand.


12 posted on 10/27/2005 4:22:53 PM PDT by bert (K.E. ; N.P . Chicken spit causes flu....... Fox News)
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To: Para-Ord.45
Galloway should do the honorable thing and jump off the London Bridge.

LOL! Unfortunately, he's not honorable.

13 posted on 10/27/2005 4:23:08 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Brilliant

Saddam's MP Gets His (snip)
By Alexis Amory
FrontPageMagazine.com | October 27, 2003

"The British Labour Party has freed itself of one of its most nefarious members. Dapper George Galloway, MP, was born in a Glasglow slum and has since graduated to Armani suits, courtesy of Saddam’s millions, much of it siphoned out of the Oil for Food program. The Labourites have finally cut Galloway out of their party.

The charges, curiously, do not seem to have been related to his consorting with Saddam Hussein’s henchmen through a Jordanian businessman friend of Galloway’s Jordanian scientist wife, nor to any possible misuse of his Miriam Fund. The Miriam Fund was started several years ago to bring an Iraqi girl suffering from leukemia to Britain for treatment. Although the girl had been long since cured and returned to Iraq, the fund nevertheless plowed on, its contributions and income diverted to appeasenik activities on behalf of Saddam’s government and, apparently, to fly George Galloway back and forth to see his sponsors. The Fund is currently under investigation by the Charities Commission..."

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=10518


14 posted on 10/27/2005 4:23:59 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (See my bio page for link to pdf download; THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD.)
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To: pollyannaish

That may actually make it easier. She'll be in Lebanon, so she won't be able to contradict his false testimony, and he won't care if she goes to jail, so he'll be glad to blame her. If she's as smart as he is, then she's got the money anyway.


15 posted on 10/27/2005 4:24:16 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: 1066AD; MadIvan

gods wounds, but i hope they bag Galloway.


16 posted on 10/27/2005 4:27:18 PM PDT by King Prout (many accuse me of being overly literal... this would not be a problem if many were not under-precise)
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To: Brilliant

No! I want him to go down. Down with his bloody oil money.

Sigh. Life isn't fair.


17 posted on 10/27/2005 4:27:25 PM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: Miss Marple; Mo1; Howlin
Look who got an honorable mention in the OFF scandal.

The report found that Marc Rich & Co financed oil purchases from Iraq and the associated kickbacks for the son of a French MP shortly after the company’s founder received a controversial pardon from President Clinton.

Uh on..

18 posted on 10/27/2005 4:28:16 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Brilliant
(That's what I get for being a dope and posting without reading the article. Doh. Brilliant, huh? ; )
19 posted on 10/27/2005 4:28:41 PM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: Dog

Uh oh also...:-)


20 posted on 10/27/2005 4:28:43 PM PDT by Dog
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To: gotribe
Bill Clinton and many, MANY of his consiglieres should be
in prison. If there is a root cause of conservative rage, it is from the
way that the Clinton mob was given a pass on serious
crimes against the Unites States. There is something very wrong
when the Bush White House is hunkered
down expecting indictments for a non-crime, while
Sandy Burglar collects consulting fees from a television
show for his "government expertise".
21 posted on 10/27/2005 4:29:03 PM PDT by MamaLucci (Mutually assured destruction STILL keeps the Clinton administration criminals out of jail.)
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To: pollyannaish

I've heard there is an independent prosecutor in DC looking for someone to indict for something. Maybe he can be persuaded to go after Galloway.


22 posted on 10/27/2005 4:30:24 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant
That would certainly be a "widening investigation." But I think I'd be ok with it!
23 posted on 10/27/2005 4:33:11 PM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: 1066AD

Marc Rich - same as the one pardoned by Billary Clinton?!


24 posted on 10/27/2005 4:37:02 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (Liberalism is a mental disorder)
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To: MamaLucci

That's the position to which lack of intestinal fortitude will reduce you.

If Bush was a conservative they wouldn't be in this mess.


25 posted on 10/27/2005 4:38:21 PM PDT by Spirited
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To: MamaLucci

Every Republican Senator had better watch their backs and be prepared for some phony charges against them that will divert the publics eye away from this bombshell if there's any hint at all that Clintons involved.
Where's that Geni in the bottle when I need a wish granted?


26 posted on 10/27/2005 4:39:31 PM PDT by AmeriBrit (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN CURT WELDON.)
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To: Fred Hayek

Yes, the same.


27 posted on 10/27/2005 4:39:32 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: 1066AD

FYI, Galloway's wife is no mere "Palestinian." She is the niece of Yasir Arafat! Wonder now how Galloway got some of that Oil-For-Fraud money?


28 posted on 10/27/2005 4:40:54 PM PDT by Ziva (Sometimes it takes SIX Grand Juries to indict a ham sandwich!)
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To: pipecorp

Galloway= fu<ked up thief, liar and so is his fu<ked up wifey.


29 posted on 10/27/2005 4:41:35 PM PDT by anti-infidel
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To: bert

He testified in person, under oath, which makes him subject to the penalties of perjury. An elected politician is not automatically accorded diplomatic immunity in a foreign country and you can bet that HM government isn't the slightest bit upset to see him go down.


30 posted on 10/27/2005 4:45:55 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: bert
"How is Galloway subject to US Law. Why is lieing to the senate a crime for an MP?"

Galloway voluntarily came onto American soil. Galloway appeared in Congress and voluntarily took an oath to tell the truth subject to penalties of perjury. Galloway then not only lied his ass off but did so in a self rightous, insulting, arrogant and condescending manner. Galloway has no diplomatic immunity here because he was not here representing his country, rather, he testified on his own behalf. Commit a felony on American soil and you are subject to American jurisdiction.

31 posted on 10/27/2005 4:46:29 PM PDT by joebuck
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To: AmeriBrit
I think the real problem is that many senators from both
parties are compromised themselves, in one way or another.
That's why Clinton skated.
32 posted on 10/27/2005 4:49:42 PM PDT by MamaLucci (Mutually assured destruction STILL keeps the Clinton administration criminals out of jail.)
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To: Spirited

I think the President's "new tone" approach was what he thought was best for the country..............he was wrong.


33 posted on 10/27/2005 4:52:38 PM PDT by MamaLucci (Mutually assured destruction STILL keeps the Clinton administration criminals out of jail.)
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To: joebuck

You bet. And I will bet you cash money that Tony Blair will extradite him to the US in a heartbeat.


34 posted on 10/27/2005 4:53:36 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: Miss Marple
And I will bet you cash money that Tony Blair will extradite him to the US in a heartbeat.

That would really make my day!

35 posted on 10/27/2005 5:25:33 PM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: joebuck

.....Commit a felony on American soil and you are subject to American jurisdiction.....

However the jurisdiction doesn't extend beyond the water's edge and certainly not across the Atlantic. Galloway can bluster to his heart's content and not fear American law.


36 posted on 10/27/2005 5:31:29 PM PDT by bert (K.E. ; N.P . Chicken spit causes flu....... Fox News)
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To: bert
Galloway can bluster to his heart's content and not fear American law.

Yeah, but he can't come over here and do it. That's something. And he has now become the poster boy of the anti-war movement.

37 posted on 10/27/2005 5:33:56 PM PDT by joebuck
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To: Miss Marple
"And I will bet you cash money that Tony Blair will extradite him to the US in a heartbeat."

I'm thinking Tony is going to have his own little party with Mr. Galloway just a soon as he can xerox some copies of the exhibits to the just released UN Oil for Food fraud investigation. Volker just nailed Galloway and turned the whole case file over with a nice red bow.

38 posted on 10/27/2005 5:38:46 PM PDT by joebuck
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To: 1066AD
A hallmark of Democracies is that on the frequent occasion a community will elect an embarrassment to the legislature. No doubt there is some deep explanation for why these people manage to stay in office but it is beyond me why Teddy is always reelected ... Oh sorry, forgot we were talking about Bagdad George - then again there are similarities.
39 posted on 10/27/2005 5:59:03 PM PDT by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: 1066AD
"Galloway's wife, Marc Rich, Kojo Annan.. all with outstretched hands."

What would you wager they are all friends of the Clintons?

40 posted on 10/27/2005 9:53:28 PM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: Fred Nerks

NO GALLOWAY FOR ENGLAND!


41 posted on 10/28/2005 3:27:51 AM PDT by Former Dodger ( "Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." --Einstein)
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To: Fred Nerks

How about "No Blood money for oily turnip-heads!" ?

A.A.C.


42 posted on 10/28/2005 3:37:01 AM PDT by AmericanArchConservative (Armour on, Lances high, Swords out, Bows drawn, Shields front ... Eagles UP!)
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To: Dog

Scooter's client...


43 posted on 10/28/2005 3:42:39 AM PDT by metesky (This land was your land, this land is MY land; I bought the rights from a town selectman!)
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To: MamaLucci
Rush quoted Dick Turban yesterday from 1999 saying that it wasn't whether he (Durban) could beat his opponent in an election, but rather if he could get something on his opponent and get him indicted.

I wish I hadn't been busy and had been paying more attention, but this %$#& appears to be right out of the Dems playbook.

44 posted on 10/28/2005 3:53:04 AM PDT by metesky (This land was your land, this land is MY land; I bought the rights from a town selectman!)
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To: 1066AD

It's the UNron scandal! (You heard it here first)


45 posted on 10/28/2005 3:56:58 AM PDT by Huber (The MSM will avoid discussion of the UNron "Oil for Food" scandal! It's time to turn up the heat!)
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To: Fred Nerks

NO BLOOD MONEY FOR OIL!


46 posted on 10/28/2005 4:00:41 AM PDT by Uncle Vlad
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To: Uncle Vlad

THE GALLOWS FOR GALLOWAY!


47 posted on 10/28/2005 4:31:03 AM PDT by Fred Nerks (See my bio page for link to pdf download; THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD.)
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To: AmericanArchConservative

http://www.georgegalloway.com/

There's a link on this site to a video of Galloway's testimony before the US Senate sub-committee.


48 posted on 10/28/2005 4:56:36 AM PDT by Fred Nerks (See my bio page for link to pdf download; THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD.)
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To: bert
Why is lieing to the senate a crime for an MP?

He testified before a US Senate committee of his own free will and took an oath before that committee to tell the truth. That is perjury regardless of his nationality.

49 posted on 10/28/2005 5:04:44 AM PDT by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Brilliant
Why do I get that feeling that Galloway is going to hide behind his wife's skirt?

Maybe because all traitors are basically greedy, immoral, unethical cowards.

This man is used to bullying his way by using exaggerated rhetoric in a loud and falsely angry way.

He is a genuine traitor, a Saddam sympathizer, a money grubber willing to help deny the Iraqi people food by being a part of an oil scam and in general, a cowardly traitor.

He is a poster boy for the terrorists.

And every BIT as cowardly as the islamo-facists are.

50 posted on 10/28/2005 6:38:16 AM PDT by Republic (Michael Schiavo LIED about having a college degree on his guardianship application,)
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