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Evidence from the torture chambers

Issue No. 1952

Taha Yassin Ramadan — now  a key source for the US

Taha Yassin Ramadan — now a key source for the US

The alleged evidence against George Galloway, apart from that based on Duelfer’s dodgy dossier, is mainly statements from former Iraqi regime officials.

The most high-profile figure used is Taha Yasin Ramadan, the “Ten of diamonds” in the US’s pack of cards of wanted figures. He was a leading person in the Hussein regime as well as a former vice-president.

He has been accused of helping to suppress both the Kurdish and Shiite uprisings following the first Gulf War in 1991.

His arrest was officially announced by US central command on 20 August 2003.

He was turned over to the 101st Airborne Division.

His situation has probably led to him “remembering” whatever the US wants him to.

The rest of the interviews are with people such as a “former regional official” and “senior Hussein regime official number 1”.

There are some other apparently important documents. But again these are not what they seem. For example we are told that “another State Oil Marketing Organisation document makes a more direct link between a January 2001 contract and George Galloway.” We then find that this document is “a chart created AFTER the fall of the Hussein regime.'

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