A US Senate committee says British MP George Galloway was granted potentially lucrative oil allocations by Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
George Galloway strenuously denies the claims against him
Mr Galloway issued this statement to deny the allegations:
It's Groundhog Day again.
These are the same false allegations which are still the subject of a libel action with the Daily Telegraph (so far I'm £1.6m [$3m] up).
This is a lickspittle Republican committee, acting on the wishes of George W Bush.
Isn't it strange - and contrary to natural justice you might think - that I have written and e-mailed repeatedly asking for the opportunity to appear before the committee to provide evidence and rebut their assumptions and they have yet to respond, while apparently making a judgement.
Why am I not surprised?
Let me repeat. I have never traded in a barrel of oil, or any vouchers for it.
I have never seen a barrel of oil apart from the one the Sun deposited in my front garden. And no one has acted on my behalf, trading in oil - Middle Eastern, olive, patchouli or other! - or in vouchers, whatever they are.