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British Lawmaker Denies Profiting From Oil-for Food Program


British lawmaker George Galloway has denied accusations that he profited from alleged corruption in the former oil-for-food program in Iraq.

Mr. Galloway, a prominent British critic of the Iraq war, appeared at a U.S. Senate hearing -- under oath and without immunity from U.S. prosecution. He angrily denied allegations that he took part in oil deals with ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in return for support for ending sanctions against Iraq.

Mr. Galloway called the allegations an attempt to divert attention from problems in U.S. handling of post-Saddam Iraq.

Senate documents say Mr. Galloway, along with French and Russian politicians, received oil allocations, then paid kickbacks to Saddam as part of the deal.

The now defunct oil-for-food program was designed to let Saddam's regime sell oil in exchange for humanitarian goods to help the Iraqi people cope with U.N. sanctions.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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