Mohamed Hammami

Mohamed Hammami (1935-  ), a Tunisian imam, lived in France for several decades preaching at the Omar Mosque in Paris before his October 2012 expulsion and deportation to Tunisia.  French authorities explained his expulsion by reference to anti-Semitic language and advocacy of violent jihad and violence against women which constituted a threat to French society and security.  Hammami was first notified of the government’s intentions in January and had his assets frozen in May, at which time an advisory committee recommended against deportation due to its effects on his family.  Hammami denied all allegations, but was arrested directly at his home and flown to Tunis.