PM orders Muslim Brotherhood probe

Braintree and Witham Times: David Cameron ordered a probe into the Muslim Brotherhood over evidence that its leaders met in London last year David Cameron ordered a probe into the Muslim Brotherhood over evidence that its leaders met in London last year

David Cameron has said he wants to establish a "complete picture" of the Muslim Brotherhood amid concerns about its involvement in Islamist extremism in the UK and overseas.

The Prime Minister has ordered an inquiry into the organisation's "philosophy and activities", with information being gathered by both MI5 and MI6.

Speaking at a No 10 news conference, he said that the Government was committed to encouraging people away from the path of extremism.

"We want to challenge the extremist narrative that some Islamist organisations have put out," he told reporters following talks with new Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.

"What I think is important about the Muslim Brotherhood is that we understand what this organisation is, what it stands for, what its beliefs are in terms of the path of extremism and violent extremism, what its connections are with other groups, what its presence is here in the United Kingdom. Our policies should be informed by a complete picture of that knowledge," he said.

"It is an important piece of work because because we will only get our policy right if we fully understand the true nature of the organisation that we are dealing with."

According to The Times, review was prompted by evidence received by the Government that Brotherhood leaders met in London last year to plot their response to events in Egypt.

Since the military ousting of Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi as president in July, it has been blamed by Cairo for a campaign of violence.

The group insists it remains an entirely peaceful organisation but is accused of being behind a wave of deadly attacks on the police and military.

Responsibility for a bomb attack on a tourist bus in the Sinai peninsula which killed three South Koreans from a church group and the Egyptian driver, is also among issues being examined.

The Prime Minister's review is being led by Sir John Jenkins, Britain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, which has also declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation.

There is pressure from Gulf states for tougher action, with Qatar facing sanctions from neighbours over its continued support for the Brotherhood.

Initial work was said to have been carried out by National Security Adviser Sir Kim Darroch.

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

Mr Morsi and many other senior figures are imprisoned facing trial in Egypt following the coup, which resulted in protests that killed at least 1,000.

Mass trials of his supporters - which have already resulted in hundreds of death sentences - have met with international condemnation.

The Brotherhood - whose political and charitable model has been widely copied - has long had a presence in London, but there have been reports that a significant number of prominent members have fled to the city from Egypt.

An Islamic charity office above a disused shop in Cricklewood, north west London, is said to be one meeting place.

Mr Cameron's official spokesman said the decision to launch a review was not prompted by any specific new threat.

"Over a period of time, the Prime Minister has given thought and consideration to this," the spokesman told a regular Westminster media briefing.

"He thinks there is an opportunity to step back and take a view of this organisation and its linkages throughout the region."

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7:55am Tue 1 Apr 14

rdemeath says...

'It quoted officials as saying it was "possible but unlikely" the Brotherhood would be added to the list of groups banned by Britain for terrorist connections.'
This group is behind the bombing of churches, the murders of Christians and the eradication of the Christian religion where islam is the dominant force.
In other words, this group can do what it likes, as long as it is not on British soil. Even then an army of lawless lawyers will be lining up to represent them at eye-watering expense to the British taxpayer.
'It quoted officials as saying it was "possible but unlikely" the Brotherhood would be added to the list of groups banned by Britain for terrorist connections.' This group is behind the bombing of churches, the murders of Christians and the eradication of the Christian religion where islam is the dominant force. In other words, this group can do what it likes, as long as it is not on British soil. Even then an army of lawless lawyers will be lining up to represent them at eye-watering expense to the British taxpayer. rdemeath
  • Score: 7

8:40am Tue 1 Apr 14

Mervyn James says...

I think Egypt has the right idea, get rid.
I think Egypt has the right idea, get rid. Mervyn James
  • Score: 5

9:16am Tue 1 Apr 14

cosmick says...

Did you see TOWER HAMLETS ON TV LAST NIGHT. THE END IS NEAR.
Did you see TOWER HAMLETS ON TV LAST NIGHT. THE END IS NEAR. cosmick
  • Score: 2

1:30pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"The Prime Minister has commissioned an internal Government review into the philosophy and activities of the Muslim Brotherhood..."

Hmmm...I guess it's not likely to be feminism and housework, is it?
"The Prime Minister has commissioned an internal Government review into the philosophy and activities of the Muslim Brotherhood..." Hmmm...I guess it's not likely to be feminism and housework, is it? Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 2

5:15pm Tue 1 Apr 14

welshmen says...

Anything with the name MUSLIM in should be banned from this Democratic Country, Islam doesn't do democracy but uses it to spread it's cancerous ideology and take what they want, our Government need to peacefully start to remove them from our Country,pay them to go from the Foreign Aid Budget, even the born here, unlike the British we fight for Queen and Country, they fight for Islam as they are doing now in our Country and countless other Countries around the world KILLING thousands just for being different from Islam, the big plan for Islam is to Make our Country an Islamic State, ignore at your peril, either act now before they grow to 7-8 million or thousands will die in the inevitable fight for our Country, The British National Party will do this if elected....
Anything with the name MUSLIM in should be banned from this Democratic Country, Islam doesn't do democracy but uses it to spread it's cancerous ideology and take what they want, our Government need to peacefully start to remove them from our Country,pay them to go from the Foreign Aid Budget, even the born here, unlike the British we fight for Queen and Country, they fight for Islam as they are doing now in our Country and countless other Countries around the world KILLING thousands just for being different from Islam, the big plan for Islam is to Make our Country an Islamic State, ignore at your peril, either act now before they grow to 7-8 million or thousands will die in the inevitable fight for our Country, The British National Party will do this if elected.... welshmen
  • Score: 2

5:30pm Tue 1 Apr 14

varteg1 says...

And that idiot Camoron wants to 'protect' the use of Halal slaughter.

I wonder can he be a victim of it, nice to think of him hanging up 'alive' with his throat cut, slowly being drained of his life force.

Unlike Islam, he wants us to accept 'parts' of the religion, but Islam does not do parts, it's all or nothing,

We should work to the same principle.
And that idiot Camoron wants to 'protect' the use of Halal slaughter. I wonder can he be a victim of it, nice to think of him hanging up 'alive' with his throat cut, slowly being drained of his life force. Unlike Islam, he wants us to accept 'parts' of the religion, but Islam does not do parts, it's all or nothing, We should work to the same principle. varteg1
  • Score: 0

7:47pm Tue 1 Apr 14

welshmen says...

varteg1 wrote:
And that idiot Camoron wants to 'protect' the use of Halal slaughter.

I wonder can he be a victim of it, nice to think of him hanging up 'alive' with his throat cut, slowly being drained of his life force.

Unlike Islam, he wants us to accept 'parts' of the religion, but Islam does not do parts, it's all or nothing,

We should work to the same principle.
Spot on Vareg 1, Islamic followers are colonisers, as we know they don't mix with the host Country they just use our democracy for the spread of their hateful parts of their holly book

Halal, I'am still waiting for the WAG who in turn are waiting for the European Union to legislate against Halal and Kosher non Stunned Slaughter any time soon, I have a petition with the WAG for them to ban all non stunned slaughter in our Country....
[quote][p][bold]varteg1[/bold] wrote: And that idiot Camoron wants to 'protect' the use of Halal slaughter. I wonder can he be a victim of it, nice to think of him hanging up 'alive' with his throat cut, slowly being drained of his life force. Unlike Islam, he wants us to accept 'parts' of the religion, but Islam does not do parts, it's all or nothing, We should work to the same principle.[/p][/quote]Spot on Vareg 1, Islamic followers are colonisers, as we know they don't mix with the host Country they just use our democracy for the spread of their hateful parts of their holly book Halal, I'am still waiting for the WAG who in turn are waiting for the European Union to legislate against Halal and Kosher non Stunned Slaughter any time soon, I have a petition with the WAG for them to ban all non stunned slaughter in our Country.... welshmen
  • Score: 3

8:41pm Tue 1 Apr 14

mixxer says...

"The Prime Minister's review is being led by Sir John Jenkins, Britain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, which has also declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation".

That's rich! Saudi Arabia that well known beacon of democracy! If Cameron really want's to get to the reasons behind terrorism he would do well to investigate the Saudi as well as Israeli governments. But then again, the puppet doesn't control the puppet master does he?
"The Prime Minister's review is being led by Sir John Jenkins, Britain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, which has also declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation". That's rich! Saudi Arabia that well known beacon of democracy! If Cameron really want's to get to the reasons behind terrorism he would do well to investigate the Saudi as well as Israeli governments. But then again, the puppet doesn't control the puppet master does he? mixxer
  • Score: 2

12:44pm Wed 2 Apr 14

varteg1 says...

quote.....


, this group can do what it likes, as long as it is not on British soil. Even then an army of lawless lawyers will be lining up to represent them at eye-watering expense to the British taxpayer.


But not to worry, with what Camoron puts on the statute book, Britain will have to live with the consequences, because law here will be forced to accept, adapt and adopt to that of Islamic Sharia, rather than our law ensuring British statue reigning supreme.

However, unlike the millionaire/billiona
ire fraternity , Mr & Mrs Joe Average will not be able to shuffle off to some well pre-ordained and designed haven where only the privileged will be welcome.

No indeed, we will be stuck with the ever increasing imposition of a legal system fit only for the suppression of what is considered to be a part of the human race when bearing children or being boys toys for roaming gangs of 'white meat' hunting rapists.
#
These legal maneuvers tend to star out as mild and seemingly sensible measures but it does not take long for them to become oppressive and intolerable.
quote..... , this group can do what it likes, as long as it is not on British soil. Even then an army of lawless lawyers will be lining up to represent them at eye-watering expense to the British taxpayer. But not to worry, with what Camoron puts on the statute book, Britain will have to live with the consequences, because law here will be forced to accept, adapt and adopt to that of Islamic Sharia, rather than our law ensuring British statue reigning supreme. However, unlike the millionaire/billiona ire fraternity , Mr & Mrs Joe Average will not be able to shuffle off to some well pre-ordained and designed haven where only the privileged will be welcome. No indeed, we will be stuck with the ever increasing imposition of a legal system fit only for the suppression of what is considered to be a part of the human race when bearing children or being boys toys for roaming gangs of 'white meat' hunting rapists. # These legal maneuvers tend to star out as mild and seemingly sensible measures but it does not take long for them to become oppressive and intolerable. varteg1
  • Score: 1
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