Oil-for-Food scandal implicates two French and UK politicians, says Senate

by on May 12th, 2005

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4538735.stm

A US Senate report says two senior politicians from the UK and France were granted potentially lucrative oil allocations by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

It says British MP George Galloway and former French minister Charles Pasqua were given the right to buy oil under the UN’s oil-for-food scheme.

Such allocations could be sold on for a commission, although the report offers no evidence either men received money.

Both men deny claims that they were involved in such sales.

“I have never traded in a barrel of oil,” said Mr Galloway, formerly a Labour member of parliament but re-elected as an independent MP last week after campaigning against the Iraq war.

“This is a lickspittle Republican committee, acting on the wishes of George W Bush.”

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