The Spanish Executive justifies the deportation of Mohamed Said Badaoui

The Spanish government has claimed that the expulsion of Moroccan imam Mohamed Said Badaoui is a decision “in accordance with the laws in force on immigration”. The Sanchez government had been challenged on the issue by the Catalan pro-independence party “En Común-Podem” which had expressed its solidarity with the Moroccan Badaoui, describing his detention as an “Islamophobic act” and “political repression”.

The Spanish executive says the preacher’s deportation comes because “Spain has been on Level 4 anti-terrorism alert since 2015, updated in 2019 as part of the National Counter-Terrorism Strategy. And Mohamed Said Badaoui, a resident of Reus, had been arrested on October 18 and admitted to an internment center for foreigners (CIE) until a month later the deportation order to Morocco was executed”.

It recalls in this respect that “participating in activities contrary to national security or likely to harm Spain’s relations with other countries, or being involved in activities contrary to public order”, automatically leads to expulsion from the territory.

The text of Pedro Sanchez’s cabinet also specifies that “during this legislature (since January 2020), the forces and state security bodies have arrested 135 people for their presumed affiliation or their link with jihadist terrorism, including two minors: a Spanish national and another Moroccan with legal documentation in the national territory”.

The Moroccan imam Mohamed Said Badaoui deported under strong police escort (13 agents) upon entering Morocco has been released. “In Morocco, the welcome was cordial and friendly. Here they interrogated me and released me. The (Spanish) national police have not provided any proof that I am a jihadist,” he told El Périodico. He nevertheless regretted not having “been able to defend himself with dignity and express himself in Spain”, given that there was no trial.

His arrest was strongly condemned by deputies to the Catalan Parliament (Generalitat) from three pro-independence parties ERC, CUP, Junts and Unidas Podemos-En Comú Podem, who considered that ” Mohamed Said was the victim of “political repression through the Aliens Act” “.

Also, through the Catalan Parliament, they urged the Generalitat to ” activate all administrative, legal and diplomatic means to guarantee their rights “. However, the contentious-administrative chamber of the National Court refused to suspend the deportation of Mohamed Said, whom the Spanish police described as “ one of the main leaders in Spain of the most orthodox Salafism “.

He would be responsible, according to the police authorities, for the “rise of radicalism in the region of Tarragona because of his speech “. The National Court recalled that the decision of the Ministry of the Interior was based on a complaint by the Commissioner General for Information where he warned against “his ideological radicalism”, specifically mentioning “indoctrination” in his community by the dissemination of “pro-jihadist” postulates.

The police warned that Mohamed Saïd adaoui would have “links with radical individuals linked to terrorism” and that he had devoted himself “for years” to activities of “proselytism and recruitment”. He is also accused of recruiting among the ” most vulnerable and easily manipulated groups, paying special attention to minors, especially unaccompanied minors, mainly minors of Moroccan origin, indoctrinating them to the most radical Salafism “.

He would also have devoted himself to promoting “victimism and Occidentophobia” is still said in the text in response to the question of “En Común-Podem”.

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