Brotherhood secretary-general Mahmoud Hussain cannot claim asylum in UK: London

Amer Sultan in London , Wednesday 19 Feb 2014

Mahmoud Hussain's application for asylum in the UK must be made from British territory, says UK government spokeswoman

Muslim Brotherhood General Secretary Mahmoud Hussein (Photo courtesy: ikwhanweb)

Muslim Brotherhood members must be in the UK to claim asylum in the country, a UK Home Office source has told Ahram Online.

An Egyptian newspaper reported yesterday that Muslim Brotherhood Secretary-General Mahmoud Hussain had applied for asylum in the UK.

It is believed Hussain fled to Qatar a few months ago.

He has reportedly instructed London-based lawyers to submit his asylum application to the Home Office.

The Home Office would not comment on individual cases but a spokeswoman said a person in Qatar, or any foreign territory, cannot apply for asylum in the UK.

“Asylum claims must be made from within the UK,” she confirmed.

A number of Brotherhood members have fled to the UK since the ouster of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi – a longtime member of the group. London has said they are residing legally in the UK.

“To be recognised as a refugee, you must have left your country to the UK and be unable to go back because you have a well-founded fear of persecution because of your race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group,” the spokeswoman added.

The European Convention on Human Rights prevents the UK government from sending anyone to a country where there is a real risk that they will be exposed to torture, or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. 


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