The French Council of State confirms the expulsion of Imam Hassan Iquioussen to Morocco

The Council of State, France’s highest administrative court, gave the green light on Tuesday 30 August to the expulsion of the preacher Hassan Iquioussen to Morocco, after a request from the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin. The latter had asked to cancel an order of the administrative court of Paris suspending the request for expulsion of the imam. 

The imam was threatened with deportation to Morocco, for anti-Semitic, homophobic and “anti-women” remarks during preaching or conferences, held nearly 20 years ago for some. 

The judge of the Council of State considers in a press release that “his anti-Semitic remarks, held for several years during numerous widely distributed conferences, as well as his speech on the inferiority of women and their submission to men constitute acts of explicit and deliberate provocation to discrimination or hatred justifying the decision of expulsion. It also considers that this decision does not constitute a serious and manifestly unlawful interference with the private and family life of Mr. Iquioussen. 

In a tweet published just before the release of the Council of State, the Minister of the Interior said that this decision was “a great victory for the Republic. “He will be expelled from the national territory,” Darmanin added.

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