Belgium Deports Imam Hassan Iquioussen for “Inciting Hatred”
Belgian Authorities Deport Moroccan Imam Hassan Iquioussen for Inciting Hatred and Discrimination
On Friday, January 13, Moroccan imam Hassan Iquioussen, who had been detained in Belgium since September 30 and expelled from France for “incitement to hatred and discrimination”, was deported to Morocco, according to his lawyer and Belgian authorities.
Iquioussen had been living in northern France prior to his deportation, and was the subject of a European arrest warrant issued by the French courts. French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin had made the decision to expel him at the end of July amid his frequent calls for violence and hatred against the Jewish community.
He had also been active on social media, with almost 170,000 followers on his YouTube channel and a Facebook page with 42,000 subscribers.
Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Nicole de Moor said in a statement that he had been deported due to “extremist” activity, and noted that “We cannot allow an extremist to walk through our territory. Anyone who has no right to be here must be sent back.”
The deportation was welcomed as a victory against separatism by those close to Darmanin, while an authorization was issued by the Moroccan authorities on Thursday after which Iquioussen flew to the Moroccan city of Casablanca.