According to new media reports, Qatar’s government has called on the top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Al-Gama‘a al-Islamiyya (Islamic Group) —including Assam Abdul Majid and Tarek al-Zomor, the leaders of the Gama´a, and Muhammad Mahsub, Ashraf Badr al-Deen, Mahmoud Hassain, and Hamza Zawba, of the Muslim Brotherhood —to leave Qatar and go to London. Allegedly, the decision of the Qatari authorities was motivated by mounting pressure from Egypt and Saudi Arabia to extradite the Islamist leaders as PJ Tatler reports.
Muslim Brotherhood Secretary-General Mahmoud Hussain has reportedly applied for political asylum in the UK and is currently believed to be in Qatar. The UK Home Office has replied, however, that asylum claims can only be made from within the UK.
In the recent past, The Cordoba Foundation has had a couple of dubious connections. For instance, in October 2011, it was to organize an event with the London Muslim Centre, launching two bits of research into “Islamophobia”. The event had to be cancelled on short notice, however, because one of the key speakers, Robert Lambert, had been unmasked as a police spy, who had spent 5 years infiltrating a non-violent Green anarchist group, during the course of which, he had a relationship with a completely politically uninvolved woman, who he wooed by pretending to be an animal rights activist on the run.
One year earlier, Bob Lambert hat appeared on the Iranian channel Press TV where he defended the eminent preacher Yusuf Qaradawi who is usually regarded as close to the Muslim Brotherhood and who is banned from entering the UK. Robert Lambert is allegedly also working for the European Muslim Research Centre at the University of Exeter.