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.

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