The controversial Salafist preacher Imam El Hadi Doudi was expelled to Algeria following a lengthy legal process.
The 63-year-old’s expulsion followed a deportation order issued by the French interior ministry on Tuesday. Doudi’s expulsion application was suspended pending a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which finally ruled in favor of the deportation on Thursday.
A confidential government investigative report, seen by the New York Times, cited numerous sermons by Doudi, where he preached that Jews are “unclean, the brothers of monkeys and pigs”. Women, the preacher stressed, could not leave their homes without authorization, and an apostate “needs to be eliminated by the death penalty to protect Muslims.”
In its expulsion application, the French Interior Ministry cited the radical imam’s “deliberate incitement to discrimination, hatred or violence against a particular person or group of persons”, notably women, Jews, Shiites and people committing adultery.
“This expelled imam is in no way affiliated with the [religious affairs] sector, except that he is Algerian,” said Algeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Aissa.