France jails and expels Pakistani imam for “tolerating terrorism”, World News

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Pakistani who occasionally officiates as imam at the mosque of Villiers-le-Bel (Val d’Oise), France is sentenced to 18 months in prison and banished from the country for “forgiveness for terrorism”.He was prosecuted for posting videos online on the social network Tik Tok praising the September 25 attack in front of the former Charlie Hebdo premises.

Arriving in France in 2015, Luqman Haider published three videos in which he is accused of making glowing comments about terrorist acts.

In these videos, Haider congratulated the perpetrator of the machete attack that took place on September 25 in front of Charlie Hebdo’s former premises. According to him, the assailant was a “good man known throughout Pakistan” who had earned “status”, “honor through the Prophet”.

The Pakistani arrived in France in 2015 after a tumultuous four-year journey. France – and more precisely Paris – was his objective to “flee the poverty” of his country of origin. He finally landed in Villiers-le-Bel where resides “a large Pakistani community”, he explained to the Court.

(With contributions from agencies)

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