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Bush subpoenad

George Bush has been called to testify in the trial of a banker accused of making dollars 5.5bn ( pounds 3.7bn) of unauthorised loans to Iraq through an Italian bank, AP reports from Washington.

Mr Bush has been asked to submit documents and to appear in the trial of Christopher Drogoul, the former director of the Atlanta branch of the Italian government's Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, said Robert Simels, the defence lawyer. The defence hopes to prove that Mr Drogoul was a tool in a far larger US, Italian, British and German government scheme to help Iraq defeat Iran during their war.