UK to Investigate Muslim Brotherhood

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The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, has vowed to continue in peaceful protests until the Islamist president is reinstated.

LONDON – British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered a review of the Muslim Brotherhood following reports that suggest that members have moved to London to escape the crackdown in Egypt.

"The prime minister has commissioned an internal government review into the philosophy and activities of the Muslim Brotherhood and the government's policy towards the organization," a Downing Street spokesman, the headquarter of UK government, said in a statement cited by the BBC on Tuesday, April 1.

The review, according to the Times, will include an assessment by MI6, the foreign intelligence service, of claims that the group was behind the murder of three tourists on a bus in Egypt in February and a spate of other recent attacks.

MI5, Britain’s domestic intelligence agency, will also be asked to investigate the number of Muslim Brotherhood senior leader in UK, who moved after July 3rd military move to depose elected president Mohamed Morsi.

The spokesman added that the review would examine the group's philosophy and activities, and the government's policy towards it.

According to the Times, the review is being led by Sir John Jenkins, Britain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, which has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

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

The Muslim Brotherhood, which was declared a “terrorist” organization on Wednesday, December 25, is Egypt’s oldest and largest Islamist movement.

The group's political arm, Freedom and Justice party, has won in five consecutive elections since 2011 revolution before being removed from power by Egypt’s former Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

Egypt has been thrown into turmoil after Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was toppled by the powerful military on Wednesday after massive protests against his regime.

The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, has vowed to continue in peaceful protests until the Islamist president is reinstated.

There has since been a severe crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood group, as well as on other activists seen as hostile to the military-backed interim government.

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