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Inquiry clears Galloway after smears

GEORGE GALLOWAY is innocent of the allegations against him, an inquiry ruled this week.

Issue No. 1908

These allegations appeared during the war on Iraq, when the right wing press and some supposed “left” commentators tried to witch-hunt George Galloway.

But Galloway has been cleared by the Charity Commission of doing anything wrong in running the Mariam Appeal, the organisation he set up to pay for treatment for an Iraqi girl suffering from leukaemia.

It also campaigned to lift sanctions on Iraq.

“The commission’s thorough inquiry found no evidence to suggest that the large amounts of money given to the Mariam Appeal were not properly used,” said the Charity Commission’s director of operations Simon Gillespie.

The report concluded that Mariam’s treatment and aftercare were funded by the appeal, and that the appeal’s political activities were consistent with the overall aim of the organisation.

The false allegation that Galloway misused funds came from a “member of the public” in response to a newspaper article.

A variety of newspapers have eagerly repeated any allegation against Galloway, hoping to tarnish one of the leading figures in the anti-war movement.

But where are the page articles with screaming headlines when Galloway has been proven innocent?

The High Court ruled in March that allegations in the US paper Christian Science Monitor that claimed Galloway received $10 million from Saddam Hussein’s regime were “false and without foundation”. The paper was forced to apologise to Galloway.

He is still pursuing the Daily Telegraph over their allegations.

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