Ten year expulsion order for former Islamist leader

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SPAIN’S Supreme Court expelled former president of the Union of Islamic Cultural Centres in Cataluña from Spain on November 4.                      

A government order was given by the Supreme Court to have Nourredine Ziani expelled from Spain for ten years, for collaborating with the Moroccan secret service since the year 2000.

The original order was issued by the Secretary of State for Security, Francsico Martínez in May 16 2003. As a result of Ziani’s appeal being turned down, he will not be allowed to enter Spanish territory for ten years.

The Supreme Court ruling said that the expulsion order was sufficiently justified for it to stand. According to the Spanish intelligence service, Ziani was a threat to the State and guilty of injuring foreign policy, and constructing networks of ultra-conservative Salafa collaborators in all four Cataluña provinces.

In addition, the former Islamist leader arranged financial aid for construction of Salafi mosques, one of which is the most important Salafi centres in Europe.

Ziani is also said to have preached “extremist religious ideologies”, according to the Supreme Court. 

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