Iraqi immigrant, 62, claimed £35,000 in benefits despite having thousands in hidden bank account ‘because he was doing nothing wrong under Islamic law’
- 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: 08:40 GMT, 11 October 2012 | UPDATED: 13:04 GMT, 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.