Switzerland Muslim Cleric Hate

Winterthur imam charged with incitement to murder

11 August 2017
The Local

An Ethiopian imam of the now closed An’Nur mosque in Winterthur has been charged with inciting people to commit murder.

The Winterthur public prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Friday that the imam was charged on August 2nd with inciting the murder of non-practising Muslims.
 
He is also accused of having posted violent images of murders on Facebook and giving them to other people.
 
In addition he faces a charge of violating the Aliens Act by working without a permit.
 
The public prosecutor is demanding a suspended prison sentence and the man’s expulsion from Switzerland with a 15-year ban on returning.
 
The imam has been under investigation since early November 2016 when police raided the An’Nur mosque after receiving evidence about a sermon given by the imam in which he called for the murder of Muslims who refused to take part in common prayer.
 
The imam and three others were arrested during the raid.
 
Proceedings against two of the three were terminated on July 18th, the prosecutor said. The investigation against the third is nearing completion.
 
In February police arrested ten other people in connection with a brutal attack on two Muslims who are thought to have tipped off a journalist about the controversial sermon.
 
The An’Nur mosque closed its doors in late June after the landlord of the building refused to extend the rental contract.

The mosque was a controversial presence in the northern Swiss city over allegations that it had connections to terror groups and supported the radicalization of young people.
 
The mosque denied the accusations. 


Imam arrested for 'ordering Muslims to be killed for not praying'

AN imam has been arrested at a mosque in Zurich after he allegedly issued threats to kill Muslims who didn't pray.


By SIOBHAN MCFADYEN

The Express
Nov 2, 2016

The Zurich's prosecutor's office has confirmed the imam at the An'Nur de Winterhour mosque has been detained for incitement to violence after it was alleged that he preached to the congregation that they should kill fellow muslims who don't attend prayers.


It is claimed that during an October 21 sermon the imam "called for the assassination of Muslims who refuse to participate in communal prayers in the mosque".


Another three people, from Algeria and Tunisia, have been arrested who are linked to the mosque which was last year raided after cops discovered there was an ISIS terror cell.


Zurich police conducted a raid early on Monday morning and arrested the men aged 23 to 35 over immigration violations.


According to reports the mosque announced it will be closed by the end of the year because its owners do not want to renew the lease.


The imam, who is reported to be an Ethiopian national, is reported to have told the congregation that "sinners" should receive a warning if they don't attend the five daily prayers.


He told mosque goers that they should be encouraged to return to the "bosom of the community" before saying that "those who do not return to the community and not pray should be killed."


Police had the mosque under surveillance for a number of days and had been watching the entrance from unmarked cars parked outside.


The mosque hit headlines last year after an ISIS terror cell was dicovered operating on the site.

Journalist Kurt Pelda was first to report the news about the terrorist group who had encouraged its members to travel to the Middle East.

He said: “A man from Winterthur became radicalised in the last few months and recently travelled to Syria.


“We do not know exactly what he has done in Syria but there is every indication it has to do with ISIS.


“Let there be no doubt.


“There is a whole bunch of preachers and prayer leaders who actively meet in the mosque or outside with young people and trying to radicalise them.”

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