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Britain orders probe into Muslim Brotherhood

The British prime minister asks intelligence to assess activities in Britain by the group outlawed in Egypt

AFP , Tuesday 1 Apr 2014
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British Prime Minister David Cameron (Photo: Reuters).
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British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood over concerns that the group is planning radical activities in Britain, his Downing Street office revealed Tuesday.

Number Ten confirmed a report in The Times newspaper that said he had asked intelligence agencies to gather information on the "philosophy and activities" of the Brotherhood and its potential threat to the UK.

The government acted following reports that Brotherhood leaders had met in London last year to decide their response to the Egypt crisis, triggered when one of its leading members, Mohamed Morsi, was unseated as president, according to The Times.

The group has since been blamed by Cairo for orchestrating a campaign of violence.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: "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."

The review is being led by Britain's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Jenkins.

The Guardian newspaper reported the review would examine whether the group was connected to the killing of tourists in Egypt's Sinai in February.

Intelligence services MI5 and MI6 will investigate the group's activists inside and outside of Britain, The Times said.

It remains too early to judge whether Britain will follow in the footsteps of Egypt and Saudi Arabia who have both designated the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation. According to The Guardian, British officials say the move is "possible but unlikely."

The Guardian also quoted a Downing Street spokesperson as saying that "given the concerns about the group and its alleged links to violent extremism, it's absolutely right and prudent that we get a better handle of what the Brotherhood stands for, how they intend to achieve their aims and what that means for Britain."

Since Morsi's ouster from power, Egyptian security has conducted a crackdown on the Brotherhood and its supporters but has also faced a continuing spate of armed attacks by militant groups.

The Brotherhood has consistently denied any connections to the attacks, many of which were claimed by a group called Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, an Al-Qaeda affiliate.

In one of the trials against him, Morsi – a Brotherhood member – is accused of speaking with Al-Qaeda leader Ayman El-Zawahiri during his term as president.

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Ayman
02-04-2014 11:53am
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Good
About time they woke up and start helping in fighting these terrorists. A group (MB) that encourages, plans and finances assassinations and bombings, wonder what else they can be called!
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Meme
02-04-2014 11:53am
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Cameron is no fool
Well about time our gov did something positive , after all we are a haven for terrorists . You all may condone Cameron but hey your not living here in UK where we have seen many hidden terror groups etc etc .Im not saying MB are of that nature but hey let Cameron and our security do their search and then lets see .And all those who critise Cameron are not living in UK or British anyway . As for siding with Sisi history has it , we were never in close ties with Egypt .
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Allen
01-04-2014 11:48pm
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Never thought the Brits were so clueless and ignorant to welcome the Muslim brotherhood terrorists inside their borders.
Deport the terrorist barbarian out of the west to Qatar. They love terrorists in Qatar.
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Kortac
05-04-2014 08:22pm
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Egyptian/Saudi terrorism
Your Saudi king recently declared all atheists to be terrorists. Obeying your king's commands, you most likely want British atheists deporting to Qatar as well. Lol, these state terrorists can't seem to make up their mind about what is a terrorist, so they just claim that everyone other than themselves are terrorists.
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Karfgor
01-04-2014 06:49pm
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Relations
Egypt's relations with the UK will never be good until the wrongfully imprisoned journalists are freed. Only then will it be ck ear Egypt is waking up. This investigation is not a replication of Egyptian policy.
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Tammy
01-04-2014 04:39pm
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FINALLY!!
Finally someone else in the world is showing intelligence....It's about time the world wakes up & realizes that the mb is nothing but a group of thugs using religion & Gods name to condone & promote violence, bloodshed & destruction to get what they want..They are ruining a once beautiful and respected religion & making life hard for the good decent muslims in the world. NOW THE REST OF THE WORLD NEEDS TO TAKE OFF THEIR ROSE COLORED GLASSES & OPEN THEIR EYES..
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Adam
01-04-2014 11:16pm
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Eeeh what ? Expat
Just to remind you that it is not that long ago when also Christians were killing, beheading and burning in fire people in name of religion ! All religions are beautiful but people are ugly.
Adam
01-04-2014 11:09pm
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Expat eeeh what ?
Just to remind you that in not so far past also Christians were beheading, buning people in the name of religion,
Nadia
01-04-2014 11:04pm
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Finally
Tammy, I agree with every word you wrote.
Tammy
01-04-2014 10:35pm
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@expat..
They are not my fellow pilgrims.....believe me....In my eyes the only judge is God, not people..and not all muslims are bloodthirsty violent murderers like the mb & their supporters & the radicals in Syria...No religion that I know of condones or promotes violence, bloodshed & killing in Gods name except the so called religion of mb & their radical supporters..God does not make religion ugly, PEOPLE DO..
expat
01-04-2014 09:07pm
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eeeh what?
in syria your fellow pilgrims are beheading who ever they deem as khuffar,according to the law stipulated in their holy book and you talk about the beautiful religion? are YOU from this world?
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Sarah Miller
01-04-2014 04:21pm
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Good Step
it is good step for the Brits to know what is going on in Egypt. and by the way this is not a probe or investigation as far as I heard here in London. Ahram Online is very well-known for its accuracy and professionalism. Please double check. I guess you have , if I am not mistaken , a correspondent in London.
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Zabi
01-04-2014 03:33pm
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Bullshit
Cameron is number one enemy of muslims.and he are partner of sisi bloody fake govt.all these peopls neveravet become friend of muslims .they using agents against muslims
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Nadia
01-04-2014 11:01pm
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Bullshit Zabi
Zabi, could you kindly re-phrase your comment, so that we normal people can understand what you want to say. From all your "writing" I understand only the word Bullshit.
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