Earlier this week, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced that France’s highest court has approved the expulsion of an imam accused of incitement to violence and anti-Semitic hate speech.
Hassan Iquioussen, 58, “will be expelled from the national territory” as ordered by the Council of State on Tuesday in “a great victory for the republic,” said Darmanin in a Tweet. As it stands, Iquioussen was to be deported to Morocco, but the police were unable to find him on Tuesday. He is now registered on the Interior Ministry’s database of wanted criminals, and a source close to the case told AFP he may have fled to Belgium.
Boasting a huge following on YouTube and Facebook, the Imam who holds a Moroccan citizenship was ordered by the interior ministry to be deported in July due to “especially virulent anti-Semitic speech” and sermons that called for women’s “submission” to men.
Imam’s lawyers then took the case to the Paris court, but a lawyer for the Interior Ministry told the Council of State last week that Iquioussen “has for years spread insidious ideas that are nothing less than incitement to hatred, to discrimination and to violence.