Another radical imam arrested in France. From AFP, with thanks to Twostellas:
PARIS – An Iraqi imam with political refugee status who preached at a mosque outside Paris was arrested and placed under investigation for violating a house arrest order, court sources said on Tuesday.
Yashar Ali, who French intelligence services believe to be a key figure in the Salafist movement, which preaches a strict interpretation of the Koran, was taken into custody on Monday in Argenteuil, northwest of the French capital.
In March, an administrative court had confirmed an order to expel Ali, placing him under house arrest until he could be deported, but the imam never respected the ruling to remain in his Argenteuil home, police said.
Ali’s arrest came amid the center-right government’s campaign to deport radical imams, which has sparked concern among the five million Muslims in France, who fear that Paris is leading a witch-hunt against their clerics.