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France expels Swiss Islamic preacher with extremist views

France’s interior ministry says it has expelled a Swiss Islamic preacher with extremist views to his home country.

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

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)

It says Ramadan is “known in the past to have adopted a behavior and made comments which pose a serious threat to public order on the French soil.”

In 2002, Hani Ramadan was 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.

— AP

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