France expels Swiss Islamist preacher for posing ‘serious threat’ to public order

Ramadan's brother Tariq is banned from entering the United States.

By: AFP | Paris | Published: April 9, 2017 7:29 am
France, Islamist preacher Hani Ramadan, Hani Ramadan news, Hani Ramadan expelled from France, France expels Hani Ramadan, Matthias Fekl, Matthias Fekl France, World news, Indian Express French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said Hani Ramadam was expelled for adopting behaviour which poses as a serious threat to the country. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau, File)

France expelled controversial Swiss Islamist preacher Hani Ramadan who posed “a serious threat to public order”, the interior ministry has said. Ramadan, whose brother is the intellectual Tariq Ramadan and whose grandfather founded Egypt’s radical Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested in Colmar, eastern France, while attending a conference.

He was “known in the past to have adopted behaviour and made remarks which pose a serious threat on French soil,” the ministry said in a statement yesterday.

“The interior ministry and the forces of law and order are fully mobilised and will continue to fight ceaselessly against extremism and radicalisation,” Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said in the statement.

In 2002 Hani Ramadan was sacked from his teaching post in Switzerland after writing an article in French newspaper Le Monde in support of the stoning of adulterers and suggesting that AIDS was a divine punishment.

Six years later he won 345,000 Swiss francs compensation over the sacking.

Ramadan’s brother Tariq is banned from entering the United States.

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