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article imageFrance expels radical Tunisian cleric Mohamed Hammami

By Robert Myles     Nov 2, 2012 in World
French authorities yesterday expelled radical Tunisian imam Mohamed Hammami after accusing him of advocating “violent jihad”, violence against women and anti-semitism.
Mohamed Hammami, aged 77 had lived in France for decades and preached from the Omar mosque in central Paris. He was arrested on October 31 and taken directly to the airport from where he was deported to the country of his birth, Tunisia.
In a statement, the French Ministry of the Interior said the decision to expel the imam was because Mohamed Hammami "has made comments openly hostile to the values of the Republic," advocated "violent jihad, had uttered anti-Semitic remarks and justified the use of violence and corporal punishment against women."
Commenting on the deportation, French Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls said, "We decided to be uncompromising towards all those who utter hate speech against the Republic and our values and to expel officials and religious activists who advocate radical Islam."
Accusations were first made against Hammami in January 2012 by Claude Guéant, the Interior Minister in former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s administration. Hammami’s assets were subsequently frozen in May of this year according to the BBC. The cleric has consistently denied the charges against him.
According to Israeli national News website Arutz Sheva, France has seen an increase of 45% in the numbers of anti-Semitic incidents over the past year, with the number of incidents increasing sharply after the Toulouse massacre which ended with French police shooting Islamic radical Mohamed Merah.
The expulsion of Mohamed Hammami follows swiftly on French government moves last month to outlaw visits to terrorist training camps as earlier reported in Digital Journal.
The speed of Mohamed Hammami's deportation from France to Tunisia stands in sharp contrast of the long drawn out extradition of Abu Hamza from the UK to the United States on terrorism charges also reported in Digital Journal last month.
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