Imam Hassan Iquioussen, arrested on September 30 near Mons, is subject to authorization for release in Belgium. Placed under electronic surveillance, he will have to live with a friend. The Tournai public prosecutor’s office in Belgium confirmed the information from BFMTV to AFP. “The detention under bracelet was granted”, explained his Belgian lawyer.
Aged 58, the preacher and lecturer of Moroccan nationality has been subject to deportation proceedings in France since 29 July. His residence permit was not renewed. The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, had justified this procedure, on the television channel CNews, on August 4, by arguing that the person concerned had made “openly anti-Semitic, openly xenophobic, openly homophobic, openly anti-women remarks “.
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Filed S by the French intelligence services, the preacher was reproached by the expulsion order for “a proselytizing speech interspersed with remarks inciting hatred and discrimination and carrying a vision of Islam contrary to the values of the Republic “.
“Legally unfounded” arrest warrant
After several weeks on the run in Belgium, in order to avoid his arrest by the French police and his expulsion to Morocco – which had initially issued a consular pass before reconsidering his decision – Hassan Iquioussen was arrested and placed in detention in Tournai prison.
Bedroom from the council of Tournai refused, on October 21, to hand over the preacher to the French authorities. The European arrest warrant issued by a judge from Valenciennes against him, when he left France, was deemed legally unfounded. The imam’s defense contested the alleged offense of “evading the execution of a deportation measure”.
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“Neither the law nor the prosecution authorities can be instrumentalized for political ends, it may have been Belgium to recall it”, tweeted the French lawyer for the imam, Maître Lucie Simon. The prosecution appealed the decision.
The same day, the preacher announced that he was filing a complaint against the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, for public defamation. The tenant of Place Beauvau has expressed himself several times on this subject, declaring in particular on September 2 that Hassan Iquioussen was “a delinquent, a fugitive and and separatist”.