Britain's PM orders review into Muslim Brotherhood's activities

UK government said the review would examine the group's philosophy and activities, and the government's policy towards it.

Britain's PM orders review into Muslim Brotherhood's activities

World Bulletin/News Desk

Prime Minister David Cameron has commissioned a review of the Muslim Brotherhood's UK activity, BBC reported citing No 10 officials.

The Muslim Brotherhood is an Egyptian political organisation, which Cairo has declared a terrorist group.

According to the BBC, recent press reports have suggested members have moved to London to escape the crackdown in Egypt, where the group backs ousted president Mohammed Morsi.

Number 10 said the review would examine the group's philosophy and activities, and the government's policy towards it.

The Egyptian political organisation's backing installed Mr Morsi as the country's first civilian president but he was ousted in military coup last year after widespread street protests.

A Downing Street spokesman said in a statement: "The prime minister has commissioned an internal government review into the philosophy and activities of the Muslim Brotherhood and the government's policy towards the organisation."

According to the Times, the review is being led by Sir John Jenkins, Britain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, which has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation.

The newspaper quoted officials as saying it was "possible but unlikely" the Muslim Brotherhood would be added to the list of groups banned by Britain for terrorist connections.

In Cairo, Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said: "Egypt welcomes Britain's decision in carrying out urgent investigations into the role the Muslim Brotherhood group carries out from British soil and the extent of the relationship between the...Brotherhood and violent activities and extremism."

The Muslim Brotherhood Press Office in London, which has become the movement's main communication channel since July, said it would release a statement later on Monday.

"I think there's a definite linkage between Cameron's announcement of investigation of the Brotherhood in the UK to Saudi and other Gulf state perceptions of the Brotherhood as a threat," said Theodore Karasik, director of research and consultancy at the Gulf security and military think-tank INEGMA.

"The pressure point is related to the fact that an event (can) occur on the Arabian Peninsula that is tied to the Brotherhood and originates in the UK," he told Reuters.

Britain's move came amid increasing Arab repression of the Brotherhood especially in Egypt, where security forces have killed hundreds and jailed thousands including almost all leaders of the movement since the army ousted President Mohamed Mursi after mass protests against his rule.

The military-backed authorities have banned the Brotherhood and more than 500 members have been sentenced to death for murder over deaths during clashes with security forces. Mursi faces charges that could lead to the death penalty.

The Brotherhood has reiterated a decades-long policy of non-violence, denying any connection with recent bloodshed.

Last Mod: 01 Nisan 2014, 18:01
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