He was condemned for anti-Semitic remarks during a sermon: the expulsion of a Toulouse imam requested by Gérald Darmanin

This Friday, April 19, 2024, Mohammed Tataiat, imam of the Empalot mosque, in Toulouse, is the subject of an order from the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin who requests his expulsion.

This Friday, Mohammed Tataiat was arrested at his home in Toulouse. The imam of the Empalot mosque is reportedly in the process of being expelled after an order from Gérald Darmanin, inform our colleagues at La Dépêche< /em>. His lawyer denounces an arrest "against all the rights of the defense""Mr Tataiat is currently in the premises of the border police in Toulouse. On what basis ? We do not know. He would be subject to an expulsion order, of which we do not have a copy, issued by the Minister of the Interior" , he indicated.

A conviction for anti-Semitism

This decision by the Minister of the Interior comes after a case in which the imam was convicted of anti-Semitism. The man, of Algerian nationality, who has lived in France since 1987, allegedly made comments considered anti-Semitic during a sermon in December 2017, specifies the local daily.

Mohammed Tataiat is acquitted by the criminal court in 2021 but is ultimately sentenced to four months in prison and a fine of 30,000 euros by the court of law. call. His cassation appeal is rejected at the end of 2023.

"We were summoned in mid-March before the departmental expulsion commission. This commission brings together magistrates from the judicial and administrative orders. After examination and debate, these magistrates issued an opinion unfavorable to an expulsion. Obviously, Mr. Darmanin did not take this into account", indicates Me Iglesis, lawyer for the arrested imam.

He also expressed his dissatisfaction. "I don't ;rsquo;I couldn't even meet him, nor have a copy of this so-called decree", he said indignantly.

A summary freedom order was filed before the president of the administrative court of Paris, detail our colleagues. A scenario similar to that of the imam of Bagnols-sur-Cèse, Mahjou Mahjoubi.

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