- Rebel Labour MP George Galloway last night insisted he
was innocent after it was revealed a dirty tricks scam was used to frame
him for taking money from Saddam Hussein.
- Papers offered for sale in Baghdad were said to prove
the Glasgow MP took millions of pounds for supporting the Iraqi dictator.
- But the documents, offered by former Republican Guard
General Salah Abdel Rasool, contain obvious mistakes.
- A scrawl claimed to be Mr Galloway's signature on "receipts"
has no similarity to his real one.
- The operation, revealed by the Mail on Sunday, also threw
up glaring misspellings of Iraqi officers' names and mistakes in the title
of Saddam's son Qusay, also said to have signed the document.
- Mr Galloway, suspended from the Labour party last week
over the affair, said: "I do not know who is behind this but I have
- "It establishes there is a real market in forged
documents about me from the Iraqi regime.
- "This is evidence of a dirty tricks operation against
- Mr Galloway is planning legal action against US and British
papers which claimed he took millions from Saddam.
- He said the revelations of forged documents would be
"very, very crucial" to the case. Veteran MP Tam Dalyell said
he will raise questions in the Commons.
- He said it was "mindboggling" that documents
alleging links between Mr Galloway and Saddam were left lying around.
- Three weeks ago Daily Telegraph reporter David Blair
unearthed documents which, the paper said, showed that Mr Galloway took
money from Saddam's regime.
- Mr Galloway immediately denied the accusation and said
he would sue. The paper has consistently stood by its story.