Galloway Denies He Fawned over Saddam Hussein

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

MP George Galloway was caught on video "fawning over" Saddam Hussein by praising his strength and courage, the High Court heard today.

Mr Galloway also wrote a column in a Sunday newspaper describing the Iraqi dictator's "gentle handshake" and offer

of Quality Street chocolates, the court was told.

In fiery exchanges across the courtroom, Mr Galloway thundered: "How dare you!" when accused of defending Saddam over the chemical weapons massacre at Halabja.

The tape of his speech in 1994 was played in court on the second day of his libel action against the Daily Telegraph.

James Price, QC, for the Telegraph, pointed out that Mr Galloway was delivering the speech in front of dignitaries, including Saddam and his henchman Tariq Aziz.

Mr Galloway said he had been referring to the courage of the Iraqi people, not the dictator he had denounced for 10 years.

He was referred to another part of the speech, which had been broadcast on Baghdad radio, in which he said he was still meeting parents who were calling their sons Saddam.

"It could be said that you were fawning on him?"

said Mr Price.

Mr Galloway replied: "It is a measure of the failures of the policies supported by your client (the Daily Telegraph) that that is so and people all over the world are calling

Hussein their sons Saddam. …