The justice suspends the expulsion of Hassan Iquioussen, decided by Darmanin
The administrative court of Paris suspended this Friday, August 5, the deportation to Morocco of the Northern imam Hassan Iquioussen, which had been ordered by the Ministry of the Interior, considering that it would cause a “disproportionate attack” on his “private and family life”.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin immediately announced his intention to appeal this decision to the Council of State.
Expulsion of Imam Iquioussen: determined to fight against those who hold and disseminate comments of an anti-Semitic nature and contrary to equality between women and men, I appeal to the Council of State against the suspension decision. pic.twitter.com/IUBiYPfNIm
— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) August 5, 2022
He announced last week the imminent expulsion of this preacher born in France but of Moroccan nationality, accused by the French authorities of having made anti-Semitic, homophobic and “anti-women” remarks during sermons or conferences, held almost 20 years ago for some.
“The sole ground derived from the existence of acts of explicit and deliberate provocation to discrimination against women cannot justify the expulsion measure without causing a serious and manifestly disproportionate infringement on her right to lead a normal private and family life,” the court ruled in its judgment, a copy of which AFP obtained.
I signed a deportation order against Imam Iquioussen. This preacher, whose comments about Jews, women or even attacks are openly contrary to the values of our Republic, has nothing to do on our soil. He is wanted and will be deported. pic.twitter.com/pO0lRr4qBw
— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) August 2, 2022
“Mr. Iquioussen thanks the French justice”
As soon as the decision of the administrative court was known, the Minister of the Interior argued in a statement that he was “determined to fight against those who hold and disseminate comments of an anti-Semitic nature and contrary to equality between men and women”.
The court recalled in particular that the 57-year-old Imam was “born in France where he has resided since birth with his wife and his five French children and his fifteen French grandchildren”.
“Mr. Iquioussen thanks the French justice for keeping a cool head despite the media scale of this case,” his lawyer, Lucie Simon, reacted to AFP, welcoming “a measured and salutary decision”, the court having in particular “dismissed the conspiratorial comments, considering that the latter, as regrettable as they are, were not in the legal sense an explicit provocation to hatred”.
The lawyer added that she had submitted a request to the administrative court on the merits.
“On behalf of the family, we are very happy with this decision,” one of the preacher’s sons, Sofiane Iquioussen, reacted for AFP. “He is not at his home at the moment, he preferred to leave to rest,” he added, claiming to be unaware of his father’s whereabouts. The latter is no longer attached to a mosque, but preaches “in different mosques”, especially in the Paris region, “where he is asked,” he said.
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