The Council of State confirmed on Tuesday the expulsion to Morocco of Imam Hassan Iquioussen, accused by the government of promoting hatred. This decision was announced by Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin in July, then suspended in early August by the Paris administrative court.
French justice finally gave the green light, Tuesday August 30, to the expulsion of Imam Hassan Iquioussen, announced on July 28 by the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, then suspended in early August by the administrative court of Paris. The Council of State confirmed the expulsion to Morocco of the preacher, rejecting the argument that this decision would constitute a “serious and illegal attack” on his private and family life.
“The interim judge of the Council of State considers that his anti-Semitic remarks, made for several years at numerous widely publicized conferences, as well as his speech on the inferiority of women and their submission to men constitute acts of provocation explicit and deliberate discrimination or hatred justifying the expulsion decision,” the institution said in a statement, about the imam.
“He also considers that this decision does not cause a serious and manifestly illegal attack on the private and family life of Mr. Iquioussen,” he adds.
“For these reasons, the summary judge of the Council of State cancels the order of the summary judge of the administrative court of Paris and rejects the request for suspension of the expulsion presented by Mr. Iquioussen.”
Gérald Darmanin welcomed this decision on Twitter. “It’s a great victory for the Republic,” he reacted, saying that Imam Iquioussen “will be expelled from the national territory”.
The Council of State validates the expulsion of Mr. Iquioussen who holds and propagates in particular anti-Semitic comments and contrary to equality between women and men. This is a great victory for the Republic. He will be expelled from the national territory.
— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) August 30, 2022
Accused by the government of promoting hatred and constituting a threat to French society, the preacher of Moroccan origin, born in France, is the subject of an expulsion order signed at the end of July by the Minister of the Interior.
The latter had appealed the decision of the administrative court to suspend the expulsion of the imam before the Council of State.
The imam’s lawyer, Lucie Simon, reacted on Twitter by believing that this decision symbolized “a weakened rule of law” and deplored “an alarming context of pressure from the executive on the judiciary”.
“The legal fight continues, the Administrative Court of Paris will have to look into the merits of the case soon, and Hassan Iquioussen is studying the possibility of seizing the ECHR again”, she added.
The Council of State confirms the expulsion of Hassan Iquioussen in an alarming context of pressure from the executive on the judiciary (1/4)
—Lucie Simon (@LucieSimon94) August 30, 2022
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) had refused to suspend the expulsion at the beginning of August, explaining that it only granted provisional measures of suspension “in exceptional circumstances”, when the applicant was exposed “to a real risk of irreparable damage”.