Austrian Rightwing Party Invites Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood To Parliament; Joined By Gamaa Islamiya Member


Austrian media is reporting that a delegation of two exiled Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood deputies and a member of the Gamaa Islamiya political party were invited to the Austrian Parliament by the rightwing Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ). According to a report summarizing the story in the news magazine Profil, the delegation also included an individual associated with the Gamaa Islamiya, classified by the EU and US as a terrorist organization:

August 9, 2015 The news magazine ‘Profil’ reported in its Monday edition about contacts from the FPÖ to Egyptian Islamists. A delegation of Egyptian exiled deputies were reported to have attended the Austrian Parliament a at the invitation of the FPÖ and a debate in the National Council which followed, according to a press release.

The exiled deputies were Mohammed al-Fiqi, Osama Suleiman and Amer Abdel-Rahim. Al-Fiqi and Suleiman belong to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. Abdel-Rahim has been a member of the ‘Building and Development Party’. This is regarded as the political wing of the Gamaa Islamiya (‘Islamic Group’), which is classified by the EU and the US as a terrorist organization. The Gamaa Islamiyya committed the massacre in 1997 in Luxor, in which 62 people, including 58 tourists were murdered, writes Profile.

As the foreign policy spokesman of the FPÖ, Johannes Hübner, confirmed to the news magazine that he had officially invited the Egyptian delegation

(Note: Google Translation with minor editing)

In June 2013, the GMBDW reported that then Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi has appointed a member of Gamaa Islamiya as governor of Luxor. In October 2008 we reported that the  Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood was facing competition from former members of Jihadist groups such as the Gamaa Islamiyya.

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