Oil for Food

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A British lawmaker kicked out of Tony Blair's Labor Party for urging British soldiers not to fight in Iraq faces allegations of corruption involving Iraqi oil.

George Galloway is due in Washington to face a Senate panel tomorrow. He denies the panel's claims that he received millions of barrels of Iraqi oil for backing Saddam Hussein's regime. Galloway was elected to the British parliament earlier this month on an anti-Iraq war platform.

As the probe widens, the Russians are further implicated. Saddam's vice president has told Senate investigators that Russian leaders also received millions of dollars in Iraqi oil allocations. The alleged payment came from top representatives in Saddam's toppled government in hopes of ending UN penalties against Iraq.

The oil-for-food program was a UN project designed to permit Saddam to sell some oil and use the proceeds for humanitarian items.


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