Iraqi ‘benefit cheat refused to declare £36,000 in savings from father claiming it would have broken Sharia Law’

Daily Mail:

  • Unemployed Majid Hussain given money by father to spend on his children
  • Did not declare bank account because ‘under Islamic law money was not his’
  • Came to Britain as student funded by Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi government

By Hugo Gye

PUBLISHED: 16:19 GMT, 9 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:59 GMT, 9 January 2013

An Iraqi immigrant who wrongly claimed £35,000 in benefits claims he did it in order to follow Islamic law.

Majid Hussain received income support, housing benefit and a council tax reduction for 13 years – despite having a secret bank account worth £36,000.

The unemployed 62-year-old signed forms saying he did not have any undeclared savings – and now says that under sharia law he did not consider the money to belong to him.

He even read out extracts from the Koran in court today to bolster his argument.

'Cheat': Majid Hussain has been accused of misleading welfare officers over a £36,000 bank account‘Cheat': Majid Hussain has been accused of misleading welfare officers over a £36,000 bank account

Hussain, from Exeter, has not worked since he arrived in Britain as a mature student in 1986, funded by Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi government.

He said he was left thousands of pounds by his father to pay for his children’s education, and insisted he had a duty under Islamic law and his own culture not to spend the money himself.

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2 Responses to Iraqi ‘benefit cheat refused to declare £36,000 in savings from father claiming it would have broken Sharia Law’

  1. Richard says:

    If it was in his name it should have been declared, if it was for the kids it should have been put into an account or trust in their name.

    Of course with the PC Judges we have today he will probably be let go.

  2. Softly Bob says:

    If he had access to this money and it was in his name then it was his and should have been declared, whether the Koran agrees or not.
    I was taught that ignorance of the law is no excuse. In other words, if you do something illegal then you can’t claim that you didn’t know that it was illegal and use this as a defence.
    However, where Muslims are concerned then ignorance of the law seems to be an acceptable defence these days.

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