UK denies delaying Muslim Brotherhood report over fears of MidEast backlash

FT claimed there was disagreement among ministers after it found the group should not be labeled a terrorist organisation

Saudi Emir of Mecca, Prince Khalid bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz (R) welcomes British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) as he arrives in Jeddah on November 6, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Emir of Mecca, Prince Khalid bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz (R) welcomes British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) as he arrives in Jeddah on November 6, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)

The British government denied on Monday a media report that it had delayed publication of an investigation into Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood because of disagreements among ministers over its findings.

In April Prime Minister David Cameron asked Britain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia to conduct an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood, including allegations of links to extremism and its impact on British national security.

The Financial Times newspaper, citing official sources, said on Sunday the report had found that the Brotherhood should not be labelled a terrorist organisation and had found little evidence its members were involved in terrorist activities.

However, ministers afraid of a backlash from allies in the Middle East have stalled the publication of the report for several weeks, the newspaper added.

"The review into the Muslim Brotherhood hasn't been delayed. The main findings were completed by July, as per the Prime Minister's request, and work is now underway across government to consider the implications of these findings," a government spokeswoman said.

A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said the government would make the findings public "in due course" but that it had never set out a timeframe for doing so.

The Muslim Brotherhood, once Egypt's oldest, best organised and most successful political movement, has seen hundreds of its members killed and thousands detained since then-army chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi overthrew elected president and Brotherhood member Mohamed Mursi 13 months ago, following weeks of protest.

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Posted by: Ahmed Edwy

The comments in the last paragraph are inaccurate, the oldest political movement in Egypt is Al-Wafd movement dating back to 1919 revolution which later on turned into Al-Wafd party in 1923 whereas the Muslim Brotherhood was established later in 1928.

On another hand, the members killed as well as many others taking place in an armed sit in in the heart of Cairo, rejected all local and international petitions to break the sit in to avoid bloodshed, they insisted on challenging the will of over 30 million Egyptians who went on the largest demonstrations in the hostory of mankind asking for the resignation of Morsi and to run early presidential elections.

The then army-chief Al-Sisi only interfered upon the will of the vast majority of Egyptians to avoid a civil war among Egyptians.

Al-Sisi was later elected last May in free, fair and transparent elections as the new President of Egypt.

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