France expels radical Islamist preacher to Egypt: minister

19th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

France on Thursday expelled radical Islamic cleric Ali Ibrahim al-Sudani back to his native Egypt, 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 of Sudani, 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 in a statement, 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.

© 2010 AFP

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