Germany to deport radical Islamic cleric

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17 December 2004 , BERLIN - Authorities in Germany said they will deport an Islamic cleric who made headlines nationwide for saying Germans "stink". The Berlin imam, a Turkish citizen who has lived in Germany for some 25 years, will be deported to his native country, the authorities said. The cleric spawned controversy with remarks during prayers at Berlin's Mevlana mosque in which he admonished his listeners to resist temptations of the flesh. "You don't want to become like the Germans who revel in eating

17 December 2004

BERLIN - Authorities in Germany said they will deport an Islamic cleric who made headlines nationwide for saying Germans "stink".

The Berlin imam, a Turkish citizen who has lived in Germany for some 25 years, will be deported to his native country, the authorities said.

The cleric spawned controversy with remarks during prayers at Berlin's Mevlana mosque in which he admonished his listeners to resist temptations of the flesh.

"You don't want to become like the Germans who revel in eating pork and drinking beer, both iniquitous to good Muslims, and whose women don't even shave under their arms.

"You don't want to be like them and stink both physically in the eyes of man and morally in the eyes of God," he was quoted in news reports as having said.

The deportation order followed a criminal investigation on charges of public incitement.

The cleric initially denied having made the comments. When confronted with tape recordings of his remarks, he later said the remarks had been taken out of context and apologised for any misunderstanding.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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