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Issue No. 1953

Exhibits handed to George Galloway moments before he spoke to the US senate committee have confirmed Socialist Worker’s exposure of forgery in key documents.

Last week we showed that the names of people who had allegedly been awarded oil allocations by Saddam Hussein’s regime had been altered before they were published in the Iraq Survey Group report.

Our investigation centred on contract M/09/23. The name “George Galloway” had crudely been added to the middle of a line which read “Fawwaz Zureikat/ Aredio Petroleum.

Exhibit #9 at the senate hearing purported to be a translation of a document from inside the Iraqi State Oil Marketing Organisation from January 2001.

It discusses this same contract. M/09/23 and says, “Based on the approval of your excellency [the oil minister], please find below the details of the contract signed with Aredio Petroleum Company (Fawaz Zuraiqat — Mariam’s Appeal).”

Socialist Worker wrote last week that the original name on the contract seemed to be “Fawaz Zureiqat — Mariam’s Appeal. Was this changed in order to smear George Galloway?” The answer now is undeniably yes.

We have no evidence that this contract, or any other, actually existed. But we do know that whoever was responsible changed the names they got together to target George Galloway.

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