British politician calls on UK gov’t to disclose report on Muslim Brotherhood

Ahram Online , Tuesday 2 Mar 2021

A response from the British government about the request of disclosing the full content of the report is due by 9 March, according to the official website of the UK parliament


Conservative Life peer Lord Marlesford has sent an official question to the UK government over the outcomes of the internal review report on the Muslim Brotherhood, with which a specialised committee was entrusted in April 2014 upon a request from the government.

Lord Marlesford, who co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Egypt, a Country Group in the UK parliament, has called on the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to disclose its plans as regards publishing the report fully after releasing a summary in 2015 that did not include the most important conclusions.

The member of the House of Lords added that the matter raised a question mark over the details included in the report about the Brotherhood's threat to the British national security.

He also urged on Johnson's government to reveal its stance and assessment of those findings, asserting that the published findings of the review have indicated the Muslim Brotherhood’s threat to the British national security and interests.

Lord Marlesford asked the government about the plans it has "to undertake a further review of the muslim Brotherhood."

A response from the British government about the request of disclosing the full content of the report is due by 9 March, according to the official website of the UK parliament.

On 26 October, Lord Marlesford asked the government about its assessment over the appointment of Ibrahim Mounir to the role of Acting General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood; and what assessment its has made of any threat posed by his presence to the UK national security and international relations.

On 5 November, the British government said in a response to Marlesford's question saying "We do not comment on individuals, but the government keeps under review the views promoted and activities undertaken by the Muslim Brotherhood, including their associates in the UK."

"Any allegations of threats to UK national security or misuse of charity funding within the UK are robustly investigated and appropriate action taken," it added.

Also on 27 October, another question was tabled concerning the 2015 published report on the Brotherhood by the Conservative Lord Robathan who asked the government "what recent assessment, if any, they have made of the Muslim Brotherhood."

An answer by the Government was sent stating that " the government remains committed to reviewing any groups or individuals whose actions may pose a national security threat to the UK."

"These reviews are undertaken on the basis of credible evidence and we will continue to consider any new evidence on the Muslim Brotherhood's activities against the UK's legal thresholds," it added.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Egypt aims to strengthen relations between British and Egyptian parliamentarians and to strengthen British-Egyptian ties with both chambers of the UK Parliament.

The group is headed by Jonathan Lord of the Conservative Party and includes a large number of representatives from all parties and independent representatives.

Samir Takla, a prominent figure in the Egyptian community in the UK, acts as the Egypt group's secretariat. 

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