Imam who preached wife-beatingloses expulsion battle

4th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 4 (AFP) - France's top administrative court Monday overturned the suspension of an expulsion order against a Muslim cleric ordered to leave the country for publicly defending wife-beating.

PARIS, Oct 4 (AFP) - France's top administrative court Monday overturned the suspension of an expulsion order against a Muslim cleric ordered to leave the country for publicly defending wife-beating.  

The State Council revoked a court decision to suspend an expulsion order by the interior ministry against Abdelkader Bouziane.  

Bouziane, 52, was the first imam to be deported this year under an interior ministry directive to expel those who preach fundamentalism to some of France's five million Muslims.  

The move came after Bouziane, who preaches in a mosque in a Lyon suburb, gave an interview to a local magazine in which he endorsed wife-beating, declared he was polygamous and expressed the wish that "the entire world become Muslim."  

But an administrative tribunal ruled the April 24 expulsion illegal, since he was never charged with a crime and not allowed to defend himself, and the imam was granted a return visa from Algiers.  

Abdelkader Bouziane was expelled on April 21 but returned to France the following month.  

In June he was put under judicial investigation, one step short of formal charges, for "justification of a crime and direct provocation."  

The case has proved an embarrassment to the government, which has deported several other imams before but mainly because they urged a jihad, or holy war, against the West.

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