Expulsion of Hassan Iquioussen: a European arrest warrant issued against the fugitive imam – Le Figaro

This warrant was issued by an investigating judge in Valenciennes for “evading execution of a deportation decision”. A European arrest warrant was issued by an investigating judge in Valenciennes (Nord) against the preacher Hassan Iquioussen, considered to be on the run after the validation of his expulsion order, we learned on Friday from sources close to the file. Revealed by BFMTV, this European arrest warrant was issued for “evasion of the “execution of a deportation decision” (article L824-9 of the Aliens Code), sources familiar with the matter told AFP. Refugee in Belgium Tuesday after the green light from the Council of State for the expulsion of Hassan Iquioussen, the police had not found him at his home in Lourches, near Valenciennes. The next day, the prefect of the North had explained, during a press conference, that the imam was therefore considered a “delinquent”, because on the run. If indeed Hassan Iquioussen remained in France, the reason for the arrest warrant is justified, according to sources familiar with the matter. But, the Minister of the Interior has since affirmed that the imam was “obviously in Belgium” and welcomed it. , according to sources familiar with the matter, Hassan Iquioussen is considered to have executed the removal order himself. Under the influence of an expulsion order signed by the minister, he can indeed leave France for any country. The modalities of expulsion are not fixed in an expulsion order. On the other hand, an obligation to leave French territory (OQTF), which was not taken against him, provides for the modalities of expulsion to the country of origin. “Separatist speeches” So that this arrest warrant and his motive are only justified if the imam is in France. “It’s legally complicated”, admitted to AFP a source familiar with the matter, when another argued that it had been necessary to show “legal acrobatics to bring a legal action against someone under the blow of an administrative measure”. The Council of State gave the green light on Tuesday to the expulsion of Hassan Iquioussen (born in France 58 years ago but of Moroccan nationality) whose Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, had made a symbol in recent weeks of the government’s fight against “separatist speeches”. To read also Imam expelled: Hassan Iquioussen, a “brother” spotted in 1994 by the French intelligence services Gérald Darmanin announced on July 28 the expulsion of this preacher from the North, on file S (for state security) by the DGSI “for eighteen months”, according to him. The expulsion order reproaches him for “a proselytizing speech interspersed with remarks inciting hatred and discrimination and carrying a vision of Islam contrary to the values ​​of the Republic”.