UK review finds Muslim Brotherhood membership a possible indicator of extremism

By REUTERS
December 17, 2015 12:43

LONDON - A British government review into Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood published on Thursday has concluded that membership of or links to the political group should be considered a possible indicator of extremism.

The long-delayed review into the organization was first commissioned in April 2014 by Prime Minister David Cameron with a remit to examine whether the group put British national security at risk.

"Parts of the Muslim Brotherhood have a highly ambiguous relationship with violent extremism. Both as an ideology and as a network it has been a rite of passage for some individuals and groups who have gone on to engage in violence and terrorism," Cameron said in a statement accompanying the report.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi launched the toughest crackdown on Islamists in Egypt's modern history after toppling President Mohamed Mursi of the Brotherhood in 2013.

The Brotherhood, the Middle East's oldest Islamist movement and long Egypt's main political opposition, says it is committed to peaceful activism designed to reverse what it calls a military coup in 2013.


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