- Majid Hussain was paid income support, housing and council tax benefits
- At the same time he had £18,000 rising to £36,000 in secret bank account
- He said money was left in trust by father for his children’s education and he had sworn oath on Koran he would preserve money
By Larisa Brown
PUBLISHED: 03:40 EST, 11 October 2012 | UPDATED: 08:04 EST, 11 October 2012
An Iraqi immigrant accused of fiddling more than £35,000 in benefits claims he did nothing wrong because he was acting under the rule of Islamic law.
Majid Hussain, who has not worked since arriving in Britain as a mature student in 1986, was paid income support, housing and council tax benefits for 13 years – and signed an annual assurance that he did not have any undeclared bank accounts.
But in fact during that time he had a secret bank account, containing a sum that rose from £18,000 to £36,000.
Majid Hussain, who has not worked since arriving in Britain to study at Exeter University, pictured, in 1986, ‘fiddled more than £35,000 in benefits’ over 13 years
Hussain said the money was left in a trust by his father for his children’s education.
He said he had a duty under Islamic law and his own culture to honour an oath to his late father to preserve the money for the education of his four children, aged between nine and 18.
Therefore, he said, the money was in no way his.
Hussain’s income support was cut off after the account was discovered in 2010 but he is still claiming disability living allowance because he suffers from Crohn’s Disease, kidney problems and muscle pain.