Tariq Ramadan’s brother expelled from France due to “extremist views”

Imam Hani Ramadan [Image: JEAN AYISSI/AFP/Getty Images]

The brother of prominent Muslim academic Tariq Ramadan – Imam Hani Ramadan – has been expelled from France and sent back to Switzerland due to his alleged “extremist views”.

The Egyptian-born Swiss imam was expelled from France on Saturday for previous remarks and behaviour that posed a “serious threat to public order”, the French Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Hani Ramadan was arrested in Colmar, in northeastern France, where he was expected to take part in an Islamic conference.

“Interior Minister Matthias Fekl, ordered Hani Ramadan to be returned to Switzerland this evening,” the statement said.

The statement added that Ramadan was known to have “spoken and behaved in a way that posed a serious threat to public order”.

France is under heightened alert following a spate of attacks since January 2015 that have killed more than 230 people.

The threat posed by “Islamist extremism” is at the centre of the presidential election debate.

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