The Cordoba Foundation has announced a seminar being held today titled “Government Review of the Muslim Brotherhood in Britain: Unravelling the Motives.” According to the announcement:
David Cameron recently ordered a ‘review’ into the Muslim Brotherhood in Britain, which is to be conducted by the British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The review comes at a time when the Muslim Brotherhood, victors in Egypt’s only free election to date, is being subject to the most ferocious repression by the military regime.
This timely seminar asks whether this review represents a threat to British liberties and favours the perpetrators of human rights abuses everywhere. Moreover, is the review the result of pressure placed on the British government by undemocratic regimes abroad? Could our Prime Minister be setting a dangerous precedent by conducting this review?
Speaking at the seminar will be
- Lord Ken Macdonald (former UK director of public prosecutions, member of a legal team appointed by the Egyptian Brotherhood)
- Anas Altikriti (UK Muslim Brotherhood leader, head of Cordoba)
- Maha Azzam (Egyptians For Democracy, Chatham House)
- Peter Oborne (journalist for the Daily Telegraph)
The GMBDW reported
in April that that Prime Minister David Cameron had ordered an inquiry into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United Kingdom.
The Cordoba Foundation is headed by Anas Al-Tikriti,,
the son of Osama Al-Tikriti, one of the leaders of the Iraqi Islamic Party representing
the Muslim Brotherhood in that country. In addition to his role at Cordoba, Al-Tikriti is one of the leaders of the British Muslim Initiative
(BMI), part of the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Association of Britain
(MAB) had for many years been the most active organization in the U.K Muslim Brotherhood but many of the leaders of the MAB left in 2007 to form the BMI. According to an Israeli think-tank report
, the breakup appeared to be the result of a conflict between traditionalists in the MAB who were unhappy with the high level of involvement in U.K left-wing politics while those who formed the BMI wished such activity to continue.In January, we reported
that Al-Tikriti, who once supported the Iraqi insurgency against the US, had apparently been part of a White House meeting with an important Iraqi leader and where President Obama made a brief appearance.