Imam Hassan Iquioussen is sent back to Morocco

Imam Hassan Iquioussen is sent back to Morocco

The Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration, Nicole de Moor, welcomed “the good cooperation” with France on this file, confirming the return of the person concerned to Morocco.

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LMoroccan imam Hassan Iquioussen was deported to Morocco on Friday from Belgium, where he was arrested on September 30 after his expulsion from France for “remarks inciting hatred and discrimination”, announced his French lawyer and the Belgian authorities.

This preacher from the north of France, whose French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin had announced the expulsion at the end of July, was taken back on a plane to Casablanca after the issue Thursday of a laissez-passer by the Moroccan authorities, has indicated his lawyer Me Lucie Simon.

The Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration, Nicole de Moor, welcomed “the good cooperation” with France on this file, confirming the return of the person concerned to Morocco.


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“We cannot allow an extremist to roam our territory. Anyone who does not have the right to be here must be sent back, ”commented Me de Moor, in a press release.

“Great victory against separatism”

“Gérald Darmanin was very involved with his counterparts on this subject. It is a great victory against separatism,” commented the entourage of the French Minister of the Interior. At the end of July, Gérald Darmanin announced the expulsion of Mr. Iquioussen, accusing him of “a proselytizing speech interspersed with remarks inciting hatred and discrimination and carrying a vision of Islam contrary to the values ​​of the Republic”.

But the imam could not be found when the expulsion order had been definitively validated by the French Council of State on August 31. He had fled to Belgium where he was arrested in the Mons region on September 30. Hassan Iquioussen was then placed in a closed center near Liège in mid-November for illegal stay, subject to an order to leave Belgian territory after the failure of the European arrest warrant procedure launched by France.


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His French lawyer Lucie Simon was surprised Friday evening by the “about-face” of Morocco, which had refused France last summer the consular pass allowing the removal of the imam in his country of origin. . “I am surprised by the about-face of the Moroccan authorities and I believe that Mr. Iquioussen’s life is in France”, reacted Me Lucie Simon, stressing that the lawyers were not informed of the issuance of the consular document. .

“We are awaiting the judgment on the merits of the Administrative Court of Paris, if the (French) expulsion order was annulled, France will have to ensure his return,” she added.



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