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[casi] MP challenges PM on "documents"
Dalyell to quiz Blair over documents May 11 2003

 The Prime Minister has been challenged to explain why sensitive documents
were left unprotected to be "exploited by journalists and others" in the
Iraqi Foreign Ministry after the occupation of Baghdad by coalition forces.

Veteran labour MP Tam Dalyell, Father of the House of Commons, is also to
question Tony Blair orally about the issue in Parliament on Wednesday.

Mr Dalyell, MP for Linlithgow, was referring to documents including those
discovered by Daily Telegraph reporter David Blair, which showed, it is
claimed, that MP George Galloway was in the pay of Saddam Hussein.

Mr Galloway, MP for Glasgow, Kelvin, has fiercely denied the accusation and
has threatened the Daily Telegraph with an action for libel.

Last week, Mr Galloway was suspended from the Labour party, an action which
he described as "unjust".

Mr Dalyell is to ask Mr Blair in the Commons what instructions coalition
forces received about seizing documents in the Iraqi Foreign Ministry and
the secret police HQ which were likely to form the basis for legal action.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Dalyell said: "I acknowledge there may
well be a difference between the British and American practices.

"However, depending on your answer on Wednesday, I may ask if the Commons
can be told why documents held by the Iraqi authorities at the time of the
coalition control of their offices were left unprotected to be exploited by
journalists and others when these documents might have formed the basis for
a prosecution or might have been destroyed to deny the probability of

"If the coalition was serious about bringing Saddam Hussein and top
associates to trial in a properly organised court which the world would not
simply see as victors' justice.

"And if the coalition was serious about establishing the existence or
otherwise of weapons of mass destruction, wouldn't the custody of such
documents have been a priority as it certainly was with the advancing units
of allied armies in Frankfurt and Berlin in April 1945?"


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