France: Justice gives the green light to the expulsion of an imam to Morocco

France: justice gives the green light to the expulsion of an imam to Morocco

The Minister of the Interior accuses Imam Hassan Iquioussen, 58, among others, of anti-Semitic remarks.

The Council of State, France's highest administrative court, gave the green light on Tuesday to the expulsion to Morocco of a preacher reputed to be close to the Muslim Brotherhood, in accordance with the request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. x27; Interior, which accuses him in particular of “anti-Semitic remarks”.

Living in the north of France, in Lourches, Imam Hassan Iquioussen, 58, held, according to the elements collected by the northern prefecture of which AFP was aware, hate speech against the values ​​of the Republic, whose secularism and developed anti-Semitic theses.

He is also accused of inciting a form of separatism and fueling conspiracy theses around Islamophobia.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin

The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, who accused the imam in the press of sowing an atmosphere of jihadism, assumes to advocate firmness in the face of a minority of troublemakers among the foreigners living in France. He clarified Tuesday evening, from the steps of his ministry, that since 2017, 786 radicalized foreigners had been deported and that 74 of them have been in the last few months.

He announced on July 28 the expulsion of Mr. Iquioussen, born in France, but of Moroccan nationality. The deportation had been suspended on August 5 by the Paris administrative court, which found that it would disproportionately interfere with the private and family life of this French father of 5 children and 15 grandchildren. /p>

The Ministry of the Interior had appealed this decision and, on Tuesday, the Council of State reversed the decision of the administrative court.

It's a great victory for the Republic, rejoiced Mr. Darmanin on Twitter. He will be expelled from the national territory, he added.

The imam's lawyer, Lucie Simon, reacted on Twitter, saying that this decision symbolized a weakened rule of law and deploring an alarming context of pressure from the executive on the judiciary.

The legal fight continues, the administrative court of Paris will have to look into the merits of the case soon, and Hassan Iquioussen is studying the possibility of seizing the ECHR again, she said. added.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) had refused to stay the deportation in early August, explaining that it was only granting interim stay measures. ;on an exceptional basis, when the applicant was exposed to a real risk of irreparable damage.

In its opinion, the Council of State considers that his anti-Semitic speech, reiterated [. ..] after his 2004 apology and his systematic discourse on the inferiority of women, in videos still available on the Internet, the last of which were made in 2021, were indeed acts of explicit and deliberate provocation to the discrimination or hatred.

And if he recognizes that his ties in France are strong, he underlines that the children of the imam are adults and no longer depend on their father and that his wife, who is also of Moroccan nationality, is not unable to travel to Morocco and join him there if necessary.

In addition, it has not been established that a return to Morocco could expose him to a risk of inhuman and degrading treatment, according to the Council of State.

During the hearing on Friday, the representative of the French Ministry of the Interior had denounced the double discourse of Hassan Iquioussen, portraying him as a charismatic preacher who knew how to acquire legitimacy in the within a very large audience and who, for years, has been spreading insidious ideas which are no less provocations to hatred, discrimination and violence.

Ms. Simon had pointed out that the anti-Semitic or violently misogynistic remarks alleged against her client, whose YouTube channel has 178,000 subscribers, had been made sometimes more than 20 years ago and that he did not ;had never been prosecuted or convicted for these remarks.

The Minister of the Interior had announced on July 28 the expulsion of this preacher, on file S for state security by French intelligence for 18 months, according to him.

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