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World Controversial US pastor deported from Rwanda

10:35  10 october  2019
10:35  10 october  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwanda 's government has deported an American pastor hours after his arrest for "disturbing public order", officials said. Gregg Schoof was arrested on Monday and deported late that evening directly to the United States , Rwanda 's director general of immigration Francois Regis

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a man sitting in a chair holding a phone: Gregg Schoof was deported back to the United States due to failure to comply with Rwandan laws, officials said.© Schoofs2Rwanda Gregg Schoof was deported back to the United States due to failure to comply with Rwandan laws, officials said.

A spokesman for Rwanda's Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration told CNN that Gregg Schoof was deported back to the United States due to "failure to comply with Rwandan laws."

Schoof emailed Rwandan journalists on Sunday inviting them to a news conference where he said he would discuss the closure of his radio station and court cases, the Reuters news agency reported.

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KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A state -run Rwandan newspaper reports that the country has deported an American pastor who was arrested and accused of The New Times report said Schoof in a statement on Monday criticized Rwanda authorities for loosening restrictions on abortion and teaching about

On Monday, police in Rwanda arrested Schoof at the venue where he was preparing to host the conference, for "disturbing public order," Reuters said.

Last year, Schoof's radio station, The Amazing Grace Christian Radio, had its broadcasting license revoked after one of its presenters, Nicolas Niyibikora, repeatedly referred to women as evil.

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) announced in April 2018 that it had taken away the station's license. In a statement explaining the ruling, RURA said the license was revoked for failure to comply with sanctions imposed in connection with the "insulting" sermon.

Schoof has been a missionary since 2003 and spent a substantial amount of time in Rwanda, according to a biography posted to his website.

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Rwanda said Tuesday that a controversial American missionary, who was arrested for calling an illegal public meeting with journalists, has been deported . Gregg Schoof, a Baptist, has been operating in Rwanda since 2003, mainly through his church and a radio station, Amazing Grace FM

In a statement published online in September, Schoof said he was being "kicked out of Rwanda," after he was denied a renewal of his visa.

"When we went to renew our visas, we paid for two-year visas, but they only gave us two-month visas. We appealed to the Director, and we got a final answer: We are being kicked out of Rwanda. Try to logic this out: Church--illegally closed. Radio --illegally closed. So now, because we are 'not doing anything,' they cannot give us visas," he said in the statement.

Immigration authorities told CNN he was deported the day after his arrest.

Schoof did not immediately respond to CNN's requests for comment.

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