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Galloway rejects apology over newspaper claims


ALISON HARDIE POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
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GEORGE Galloway, the renegade Labour MP, yesterday claimed he was the victim of a conspiracy after a newspaper apologised for claiming he was in the pay of Saddam Hussein and admitted its story was drawn from forged documents.

The rebel politician said Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, should investigate the forgeries which alleged he took millions of pounds from the deposed Iraqi dictator.

Mr Galloway also said he rejected the apology by the US-based Christian Science Monitor and said his legal action would continue against it.

Paul Van Slambrouck, the Monitor editor, said last night: "At the time we published these documents, we felt they were newsworthy and appeared credible, although we did explicitly state in our article that we could not guarantee their authenticity.

"It is important to set the record straight: we are convinced the documents are bogus. We apologise to Mr Galloway and to our readers."

The Daily Telegraph, which has also published allegations that Mr Galloway was paid by Saddam to promote his interests in the West, said yesterday it stood by its story and would defend it in court if the MP’s legal action goes ahead.

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