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France expels Swiss grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder

Islamist preacher Hani Ramadan, brother of intellectual Tariq Ramadan, arrested as part of bid to stem ‘radicalization,’ authorities say

This file photo taken on April 14, 2007 shows Hani Ramadan, the director of the Islamic Center in Geneva, delivering a speech during the annual meeting of Muslims in France, in Le Bourget, north of Paris. (Jean Ayissi/AFP)
This file photo taken on April 14, 2007 shows Hani Ramadan, the director of the Islamic Center in Geneva, delivering a speech during the annual meeting of Muslims in France, in Le Bourget, north of Paris. (Jean Ayissi/AFP)

PARIS — France on Saturday expelled controversial Swiss Islamist preacher Hani Ramadan who posed “a serious threat to public order,” the interior ministry said.

Ramadan, whose brother is the intellectual Tariq Ramadan and whose grandfather founded Egypt’s radical Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested in Colmar, eastern France, while attending a conference.

He was “known in the past to have adopted behavior and made remarks which pose a serious threat on French soil,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The interior ministry and the forces of law and order are fully mobilized and will continue to fight ceaselessly against extremism and radicalization,” Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said in the statement.

In 2002 Hani Ramadan was sacked from his teaching post in Switzerland after writing an article in French newspaper Le Monde in support of the stoning of adulterers and suggesting that AIDS was a divine punishment.

Six years later he won 345,000 Swiss francs compensation over the sacking.

Ramadan’s brother Tariq is banned from entering the United States.

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