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Police Question British PM in 'Cash-for-Honors' Probe


British police have questioned Prime Minister Tony Blair in their investigation of charges that his Labor Party awarded seats in the upper house of parliament in exchange for millions of dollars in political contributions.

A spokesman for the prime minister says the informal interview took place Thursday at his Downing Street office. He said Mr. Blair did not have a lawyer present and was treated as a witness rather than a suspect.

The probe was launched after the Scottish National Party alleged that Mr. Blair had nominated wealthy businessmen for non-elected seats in the House of Lords in exchange for loans to his Labor Party.

Earlier this year, authorities said they were probing questionable loans worth 26 million dollars that helped bankroll the Labor Party's 2005 elections campaign.

Police arrested Labor's chief fundraiser, Michael Levy, earlier this year in connection with the probe. They later released him on bail.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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