UK Charity Commission asked to contribute to Brotherhood review

Amer Sultan, London, Wednesday 7 May 2014

An organisation monitoring charities in the UK has been contacted by British officials in regards to a broad review of the Muslim Brotherhood

Muslim Brotherhood
Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood shout pro-Morsi slogans in front of the main headquarters of the brotherhood in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

The UK government has officially asked for a detailed report on the Muslim Brotherhood's possible charitable work in the UK and abroad, Ahram Online has learned.

A well-informed British source confirmed the UK Charity Commission (CC) has been contacted by the government team assigned to conduct a wide-ranging review on the Brotherhood.

The CC "has been asked if it has any relevant material to contribute to the review," the CC source said, adding that it would contribute any material it had.

On 1 April, British Prime Minister David Cameron commissioned an internal government review on the Brotherhood's philosophy, activities and impact on the UK's interests at home and abroad.

The one-off review, which will also look into the government’s whole policy towards the Brotherhood, is being led by Sir John Jenkins, Britain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

The CC's possible evidence is believed to be an important contribution to the review as the Brotherhood has been accused by the Egyptian media of using a number of charities to support extremism and terrorist activities.

The CC is an independent regulator of more than 16,000 London-registered charities working in the UK and abroad.

The review team called on "any interested parties" to submit evidence by the end of May.

While expressing its surprise over the review, the Brotherhood has confirmed its full cooperation.

The CC has issued a number of alerts to charities and the public in relation to concerns of organisations potentially supporting extremism and terrorist activities in the UK and abroad.

A CC spokeswoman told Ahram Online that it has opened statuary investigations into four charities in relation to Syria.

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