UK Brotherhood members 'law-abiding' citizens: Movement

CAIRO – Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said Tuesday that Britain-based members abide by British laws, shortly following a government review of the movement's activities in the country.

"Muslim Brotherhood members in Britain and other states abide by the laws of their host countries," the Brotherhood said in a statement.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an internal review of the Muslim Brotherhood's philosophy and activities.

The government said the review, led by British ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sir John Jenkins, seeks to understand the movement and its impact on British national security and London's interest in stability and prosperity in the Middle East.

The Muslim Brotherhood said that "it is ready to cooperate with all efforts that aim at understanding its philosophy".

The Islamist group called on Western governments "to ignore pressures and attempts by the military coup to twist facts about the Brotherhood and the developments in Egypt".

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood describe his removal from power by the military last summer as a "coup".

Earlier Tuesday, senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Ibrahim Munir regretted the British review of the group's activities, reiterating the Brotherhood's opposition to violence and terrorism.

"But we did not expect that a great democracy like Britain would bow to pressure from a country ruled by a coup and countries that support a coup against an elected president," Munir, a senior member of the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, told Anadolu Agency by phone from London.

He sounded confident that the British government review will not condemn his group.

"The British authorities have the right to take all precautions to maintain their national security, but we're confident that the review will not find the Brotherhood guilty," Munir said.

"The British authorities know very well that the Brotherhood opposes violence and terrorism and does not support any act that might undermine national security."

Since Morsi's ouster Egyptian authorities have mounted a harsh crackdown on the Brotherhood, killing hundreds of its members and jailing thousands.

The 85-year-old Islamist movement, which propelled Morsi to power in the 2012 presidential polls, has been labeled as a "terrorist group" by both Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

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