the ECHR rejects a request to suspend the expulsion of Imam Iquioussen to Morocco

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday rejected a request to suspend the expulsion measure to Morocco of an imam officiating in France, accused of having launched calls for hatred and violence aimed at especially the Jewish community.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced last week the upcoming expulsion of Hassan Iquioussen, a preacher known to be close to the Muslim Brotherhood.

He held “openly anti-Semitic, openly xenophobic, openly homophobic, openly anti-women remarks”, and so, “has nothing to do on national soil”insisted the minister on Thursday on a news channel.

Living in the north of France, in Lourches, Hassan Iquioussen held, according to the elements collected by the northern prefecture of which AFP was aware, speeches “hate towards the values ​​​​of the Republic including secularism” and to develop ” anti-Semitic theses”.

He is also accused of inciting “to a form of separatism” and to feed conspiracy theses around Islamophobia.

In 2004, the imam had already been accused of anti-Semitic remarks by the association of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France.

The person concerned, in a message posted on Facebook, had rejected the accusations and seized the ECHR, which sits in Strasbourg, on Wednesday.

“Due to the seriousness of the threat to public order, the minister considered that his right to family life had not been disproportionately violated”said the ECHR in a statement on Thursday.

The announcement of the expulsion had sparked a series of protests last week.

In a press release, 31 mosques in Hauts-de-France (North) gave their support to the preacher, believing that he was the victim of a “manifest error of assessment”.

The 57-year-old preacher is very active on social networks, in particular with a Youtube channel, followed by 169,000 people, and a Facebook page, with 42,000 subscribers.

Born in France, he had French nationality until it was withdrawn at his majority. Of Moroccan nationality since then, he had then benefited from residence permits.

But on June 22, the departmental commission for the expulsion of foreigners gave a favorable opinion on the expulsion of this father of 5 adult children.

Morocco, according to the French Minister of the Interior, issued a “consular pass” for “expel manu militari” Hassan Iquioussen listed in the file of wanted persons.

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