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.
Yet another superb example of how activists in the name of human rights are in reality using NGOs and charities to cover shady or even illegal transactions. As the Financial Times has revealed, a senior member of a Qatar based Human Rights group – Alkarama Foundation – working also from Geneva, is suspected to have financed al-Qaeda operations. Two persons, “Abd al-Rahman al-Nuaymi, president of Alkarama which has worked closely with international advocacy groups, and Abd al-Wahhab al-Humayqani, a Yemeni rights activist, were made subject to sanctions on Wednesday by the US Treasury for allegedly supporting al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen”, FT writes. (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4f6bd02a-68f2-11e3-bb3e-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2oInLwKSo)
It is worth a note that Alkarama and the Emirates Centre for Human Rights (see post), which is supported by UK-based Muslim Brotherhood-activist Anas Al-Tikriti, have closely cooperated on multiple occasions in the past.
It appears to be a role model frequently used by Islamists to take advantage of western charitable structures in order to pursuit their own agenda under the seal of acting in favour of humanity.