France to expel French-born imam to Morocco over ‘hate speech’ | Islamophobia News

Inside minister hails high administrative court docket’s inexperienced gentle for Hassan Iquioussen’s expulsion as ‘an excellent victory for the republic’.

France’s high administrative court docket has given the inexperienced gentle for the expulsion to Morocco of an imam accused of “hate speech”, in accordance with Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin.

Hassan Iquioussen “will likely be expelled from the nationwide territory” in “an excellent victory for the republic,” Darmanin wrote on Twitter, citing Tuesday’s ruling by the Council of State.

The case landed earlier than the best court docket after Paris judges blocked the imam’s deportation, which the inside ministry ordered in late July over “particularly virulent anti-Semitic speech” and sermons calling for girls’s “submission” to males.

Iquioussen, 58, reaches tens of 1000’s of subscribers through YouTube and Fb accounts from his dwelling in northern France.

He was born in France however holds Moroccan citizenship.

His attorneys efficiently utilized to the Paris court docket for a block on the order, saying it could create “disproportionate hurt” to his “non-public and household life”.

‘No severe risk to public order’

An inside ministry lawyer final week instructed the Council of State Iquioussen “has for years unfold insidious concepts which are nothing lower than incitement to hatred, to discrimination and to violence”.

However the preacher’s lawyer retorted that a number of the remarks together with anti-Semitic or misogynistic speech dated again greater than 20 years, declaring that he had by no means been prosecuted for his public statements.

“Sure, Mr Iquioussen is a conservative. He has made retrograde statements on ladies’s place in society,” Lucie Simon stated. “However that doesn’t represent a severe risk to public order.”

The inside ministry consultant retorted that the imam’s phrases “create fertile floor for separatism and even terrorism,” insisting that he “stays an anti-Semite”.

Darmanin had warned that he would attempt to change the legislation if judges discovered Iquioussen couldn’t be expelled.

France's Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin leaves the presidential Elysee Palace
France’s Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin leaves the presidential Elysee Palace [File: Ludovic Marin/AFP]