A Moroccan imam who called for the “burning of Jews” in a 2009 video was banned from Belgium in October as a national security threat, the government says.
First revealed by Belgian broadcaster VRT, the expulsion is confirmed by the Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration, Sammy Mahdi.
“This man was probably the most influential preacher in Belgium,” Mahdi tells a session of Belgian parliament.
Mohamed Toujgani preached until last year at the Al-Khalil mosque in Molenbeek, one of the largest places of worship for Muslims in Belgium.
A statement says his residence permit was withdrawn on October 12.
Toujgani “has been controversial for some time. In 2009, he again called for the burning of Jews,” the statement adds.