- 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.
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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