Belgium withdraws residence permit of Salafist Saudi imam

The imam’s residence permit was withdrawn as a prelude to expelling him. He had lodged an appeal against that decision which, if it failed, would oblige him to leave the country, Minister Theo Francken told radio station BelRTL.

Brussels’ Grand Mosque, which was leased to Saudi Arabia for 99 years in the 1960s as part of an energy deal, has faced repeated accusations from local politicians of propagating ultra-conservative forms of Islam.

“There is a problem with the Grand Mosque… I have taken the decision to withdraw the residence permit of the imam of that mosque,” Francken said.

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  • Lightstream

    Yay for Belgium! Now if only Trudeau would get enlightened. Dream on, I guess.

  • tom_billesley

    The Saudis will just send him back as a Religious Attaché to their embassy.