France expels Islamist preacher for second time: minister
France on Thursday expelled for a second time radical Islamic cleric Ali Ibrahim al-Sudani back to his native Egypt having already kicked him out in January, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said.
"This individual very recently reappeared on our territory despite an expulsion order in his name, carried out in January," Hortefeux said in a statement of the former imam of the Hamza mosque, at Pantin outside Paris.
"This hate preacher has repeatedly said violently hostile things about the West that are totally against our society's values," he said, adding that Sudani was on Thursday afternoon aboard a flight to Egypt.
Since 2002, France has expelled 125 radical Islamists, including 29 imams and preachers, the statement said. It did not say how Sudani managed to get back into France.
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