05 Jun GEORGE GALLOWAY PAYS LIBEL DAMAGES AND APOLOGISES TO FORMER AIDE
George Galloway has apologised and paid damages to a former aide who sued him for libel. Galloway had accused Ms Ali-Khan of conspiring with a senior police officer in the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism command to feed misinformation about him to a national newspaper and others. He made the claims in a blogpost, and the claims were later repeated by his spokesman to the Mail on Sunday. The resulting Mail on Sunday article, as well as referring to the claims of a dirty tricks campaign, also alleged that Ms Ali-Khan had slept with the police officer (to whom she was married in a Sharia ceremony) in Galloway’s home, and had been used as a police agent. In a statement made in open court Ms Ali-Khan’s lawyer stated that the allegations were untrue. Mr Galloway, through his barrister withdrew the allegations and apologised. He accepted that the allegations made by him and by those for whom he bore responsibility were defamatory. Mr Galloway paid an agreed sum – said to be in five figures – and Ms Ali-Khan’s costs. Both parties agreed not to make further statements on the matter.