France expels Islamic preacher with extremist views

2017-04-09 22:30
File photo of Hani Ramadan, the director of the Islamic Centre in Geneva. (Jean Ayissi, AFP)

File photo of Hani Ramadan, the director of the Islamic Centre in Geneva. (Jean Ayissi, AFP)

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Paris - France's interior ministry said it has expelled a Swiss Islamic preacher with extremist views to his home country.

The ministry said Hani Ramadan was arrested in Colmar, in eastern France, as he was taking part in a conference and police escorted him to the Swiss border.

It said Ramadan is "known in the past to have adopted a behaviour and made comments that pose a serious threat to public order on French soil".

Hani Ramadan was in 2002 banned from teaching in a Swiss school because he had publicly defended the stoning of adulterers.

He is the brother of Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan. The pair are grandsons of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's now-banned Islamist group.

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