Eindhoven imam loses deportation battle
1 December 2005, AMSTERDAM — One of the three imams of Al Fourkaan mosque in Eindhoven who were accused of being a risk to national security has lost his battle to stay in the Netherlands.
1 December 2005
AMSTERDAM — One of the three imams of Al Fourkaan mosque in Eindhoven who were accused of being a risk to national security has lost his battle to stay in the Netherlands.
The Sudanese man from Bosnia was detained on Wednesday and brought to a detention centre pending his expulsion, the Justice Ministry in The Hague said.
The imam subsequently indicated he wanted to leave the country voluntarily while a Dutch court examines the validity of the deportation order.
The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) said on Thursday it would not block the imam from leaving the country.
The IND detained the man on Wednesday after rejecting an appeal against the decision to deport him. He is one of three imams from the Al Fourkaan mosque that the IND declared were undesirables.
The second imam, from Kenya, is waiting for a final decision in his case. The third cleric withdrew his appeal in June and has left the country. He indicated he does not what to return.
The IND moved against the imams following reports from the security service (AIVD) that the three clerics were activity contributing to the radicalisation of Muslims in the Netherlands, and were a threat to national security.
The AIVD also claimed the imams tolerated the recruitment within the mosque of people for terrorist activities against 'non believers'. The three imams have always denied the allegations.
Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk ordered the withdrawal of residence permits from two of the men last February. This is the first time such a step has been taken against clerics. The third man's application for an extension of his residence permit was rejected.
Minister Verdonk felt it was not necessary for the men to stay in the Netherlands to await the outcome of their appeals. A judge overruled her on this.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news