The Saudi interior has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a „terrorist organisation“, together with the Islamic State Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and the Jabhat al-Nusrah, an islamist militia that is currently fighting the Syrian army of Bashar al-Assad. The decision was published on Friday, March 7, and immediately welcomed by the Egyptian interim government. Egypt has outlawed the organisation in December 2013, as the BBC reports
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.