The British government last week unveiled its new Foreign Office Advisory Group on freedom of religion and belief, featuring – amongst others – Tariq Ramadan, whose grandfather founded the Muslim Brotherhood.The inaugural meeting was convened by Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who has herself been linked to individuals who admitted involvement in the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Critics have blasted the appointment of Tariq Ramadan, whose mother's father was Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al Banna.
Writing in the Spectator, Douglas Murray, Associate Director of the foreign policy think tank the Henry Jackson Society wrote:
Ramadan's father was also a Muslim Brotherhood operative, and was reportedly exiled by Gamal Adbel Nasser when he was President of Egypt.
Critics have slammed him for "doublespeak". Author Caroline Fourest said "Ramadan is a war leader" and the "political heir of his grandfather", while even the Socialist head of France's SOS Racisme group called Ramadan a "fascist".
Ramadan was denied a visa to take up a teaching position in the United States, although the Obama administration overturned this move in 2010.