Update: Deported Imam to be Allowed Re-Entry

April 28, 2004

Source: Expatica


On April 28, 2004 Expatica reported, "The French government said Wednesday it would allow an Islamic imam it deported last week back into the country, but warned he faced legal action after making comments endorsing wife-beating. The decision to permit the return of Abdelkader Bouziane, a 52-year-old Algerian who preached at a mosque in the western city of Lyon, followed a ruling by an administrative tribunal that the deportation was illegal. Government spokesman Jean-Francois Cope said France would not oppose Bouziane's return, but added the imam 'will have to answer to French justice for his acts and statements' if he does come back from Algeria, where he was sent to a week ago."