Thursday, November 03, 2005
Galloway eager to Visit America to set the record straight
Last night Ron McKay, a spokesman for the MP, said: “George welcomes this. He has demanded it and is glad to know something is happening.”
Yesterday Mr McKay said he had now checked his bank statements and was able to confirm he had received a payment from Mr Zureikat and $15,666 had been transferred into his personal account in August 2000.
He said the payment went into a personal account by mistake and that it was intended to be sent to a business account, into which it was later moved.
"I've had many business dealings with Fawaz Zureikat over the years. He was a director of a company that we were in together," he said.
"The payment was nothing to do with oil. I have not benefited from it. It was later channelled to where it should have gone."
And he said that his confirmation of the payment should not be seen as in any way corroborating the claims made against Mr Galloway.
"I'm not going to be used as a stick to beat George Galloway with," he said.