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Video appears to show UK MP with Uday Hussein

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Galloway has been evicted from the "Celebrity Big Brother" house on British television.

LONDON, England (CNN) -- A videotape released Wednesday appears to show controversial British politician George Galloway smiling and shaking hands with Uday Hussein, the late son of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

The British newspaper The Sun released the video of the 1999 meeting in Baghdad. Galloway was one of the few Western politicians to visit Iraq during the 1990s, drawing widespread criticism at the time.

The trips also fueled suggestions he was benefiting financially from his ties to Saddam Hussein -- allegations he has strenuously denied.

The video emerged just hours before a British court ruled in Galloway's favor in a libel suit involving allegations of wrongdoing.

An appeals court in London upheld an award of about $250,000 in damages after a lower court ruled Galloway had been libeled by the Daily Telegraph newspaper. (Full story)

The paper alleged Galloway had accepted tens of thousands of dollars from the oil-for-food program.

His supporters said all this coming on the same day is too much of a coincidence.

"It shows how politically motivated both the administration in the United States are and the new Labour government are in pursuing their critics over the Iraq war," said anti-war activist John Reese.

The outspoken politician has yet to react because he has been appearing in a reality television show, "Celebrity Big Brother," which prevents him from contacting the outside world.

But late on Wednesday, the firebrand MP was evicted from the show after three weeks on set.

Galloway's actions on the show have raised more eyebrows. He has pretended to be a cat drinking milk out of the hands of an actress and danced in a red leotard with a transvestite house mate.

His presence on the show has drawn the ire of some constituents, who have protested that he has made $5,000 from the House of Commons even while being absent from parliament.

Uday Hussein and his brother, Qusay, were killed in a raid in Mosul by U.S. troops in July 2003.


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