April 9, 2017 Paris (AFP) – France on Saturday (April 8) 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 behaviour 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 mobilised and will continue to fight ceaselessly against extremism and radicalisation,’ Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said in the statement.
Six years later he won 345,000 Swiss francs (S$480,177) compensation over the sacking.
Ramadan’s brother Tariq is banned from entering the United States.
In April 2014 we reported that at the annual conference of the French Muslim Brotherhood, Hani Ramadan said “All the evil in the world originates from the Jews and the Zionist barbarism.”
In 2008, we reported that Hani Ramadan, the brother of prominent Muslim Brotherhood figure Tariq Ramadan, was to receive $230,000 in damages as a result of being fired from a Swiss school for remarks he made defending stoning as an Islamic punishment in an article for a French newspaper. At the time, it was reported that Ramadan, who is also the head of the Geneva Islamic Center, had defended the stoning punishment for adulterous men and women ion the grounds that the stoning punishment is meant to help curb the moral degradation in societies and put the what he saw as divine curse (AIDS/HIV) under control. The Geneva Islamic Center was founded by Said Ramadan, the father of the Ramadan brothers, himself the son-in-law of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hani Ramadan has also been a member of the board of the Swiss member of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), the Muslim Brotherhood umbrella organization for Europe.