UK Investigates Muslim Brotherhood

Officials fear London could be used for planning
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 1, 2014 9:30 AM CDT
British Prime Minister David Cameron attends the opening session of the Nuclear Summit in The Hague, Netherlands, on Monday, March 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/Sean Gallup, Pool)

(Newser) – Concerned that London could serve as a terrorist planning ground, David Cameron has ordered an inquiry into the Muslim Brotherhood's activities in Britain, the New York Times reports. Britain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia will lead the inquiry. In the past, Britain has seen the Brotherhood as a relatively moderate group, but things appear to be shifting—especially after Egypt's military ousted former president Mohamed Morsi. Now, Egypt and Saudi Arabia call the Brotherhood a terrorist group.

"Given the concerns now being expressed about the group and its alleged links to violent extremism, it’s absolutely right and prudent that we get a better handle of what the Brotherhood stands for, how they intend to achieve their aims, and what that means for Britain," says a rep for the PM. Officials say it's "possible but unlikely" that the group could be banned from Britain, the Guardian reports. (Read more Britain stories.)

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