George Galloway was set to confront the US senate committee after Socialist Worker went to press.
Before the hearing he said, “I welcome the opportunity to clear my name. My first words will be, ‘Senator, it’s a pity that we are having this interview after you have found me guilty. Even in Franz Kafka’s novels there was the semblance of a trial.’
“I will be facing a right wing committee with an agenda, which reached its conclusion before even considering the facts. Joseph McCarthy must be smiling admiringly in Hades.
“One of the companies named, with ostensible links to me — Aredio Petroleum — I had never heard of until last week, and I have certainly had no dealings with.
“The other company, Middle East Advanced Semiconductors, was owned by Fawaz Zureikat, who was the chairman of the Mariam Appeal.
“It is well known that Mr Zureikat traded with Iraq but he did not do so on my behalf. I have not received a penny piece or any oil voucher from Iraq, directly or indirectly.”