World The Pantin mosque closed by the courts

14:25  27 october  2020
14:25  27 october  2020 Source:   liberation.fr

Conflans-Sainte-Honorine attack: the Pantin mosque acknowledges having broadcast the video of the father of the family

 Conflans-Sainte-Honorine attack: the Pantin mosque acknowledges having broadcast the video of the father of the family © Vincent MEYER / CIT'Images In Pantin, in 2011. The city mosque is currently under construction. The video was removed from the Facebook page of the place of worship, under construction, immediately after the bombing he condemned. M’hammed Henniche does not procrastinate. Yes, the great mosque of Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis) has broadcast on its Facebook page the message of the father of the college of Bois-d'Aulne.

image captionThe Pantin mosque - closed by the French authorities. The French government's general crackdown on radical Islamism, in response to the beheading of the history teacher outside Paris this month, has been rapid and tough - a blizzard of inquiries, closures , plans and proposals

The Grand Mosque of Pantin had shared a video on its Facebook page days before the murder, denouncing the teacher's use of the cartoons. The video posted by the mosque was filmed by the father of one of Paty's pupils. In it, he calls Paty a thug and accuses the teacher of singling out Muslim

La grande mosquée de Pantin à la veille de la fermeture, le 20 octobre. © Stephane LAGOUTTE The great mosque of Pantin on the eve of the closure, on October 20. The administrative justice validated on Tuesday the temporary closure of the Pantin mosque. On Monday, the Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis) court was examining the appeal filed by the association that manages the place of worship.

Update Tuesday, October 27 at 12:45 p.m .: The administrative justice validated the temporary closure of the Pantin mosque.

The legal marathon begins for with the all-out offensive launched by the Ministry of the Interior the day after the conflict in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines). While , the Islamic humanitarian NGO BarakaCity , whose dissolution could be pronounced on Wednesday in the Council of Ministers, has already announced that it would challenge such a decision in court, a first contentious round has been played out Monday, in a small courtroom of the administrative tribunal of Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis) on another case, that of the great mosque of Pantin. Three days after the terrorist assassination of history and geography teacher Samuel Paty, the prefect of Seine-Saint-Denis ordered, at Beauvau's request, the place of worship to be closed for six months (for the time being , a temporary structure on land adjoining the one that will accommodate the final building, under construction). The Muslim Federation of Pantin, the association that manages the mosque, has filed an interim relief requesting the suspension of the measure.

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The original complaint was reportedly lodged by the father of a 13-year-old girl who studied at the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, where Paty The post, which apparently did not include the teacher’s private details, has been taken down by the mosque after Paty’s murder, as it released a

Among other grievances, the prefectural decree states that the mosque, which drains some 1,300 worshipers, "is known for its links with Salafism" and "frequented by individuals belonging to the radical Islamist movement". The president of the association, M'hammed Henniche, is implicated for having shared on October 9, on the Facebook page of the place of worship, a video published by Brahim Chnina, the parent of a student indicted in the investigation into the death of Samuel Paty, and for not having deleted a comment from an Internet user giving the name of the teacher and the address of the college of Bois-d'Aulne.

Also incriminated: the profile of an imam officiating in the mosque of Pantin, Ibrahim Doucouré known as Ibrahim Abou Talha, "involved in the radical Islamist movement of Ile-de-France" according to the decree, which reports on his training in the fundamentalist institute of Dammaj in Yemen, and the schooling of three of his children in an underground school in Bobigny closed ten days ago. Conclusion of the authorities: Article L227-1 of the internal security code should be applied , which allows prefects to close places of worship "for the sole purpose of preventing the commission of acts of terrorism" .

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The video sparked community outrage and was shared by a mosque in Pantin , a Parisian suburb. The killer fled to the nearby town of Eragny-sur-Oise (pictured) around two miles away from where the alleged beheading occurred, where he refused to surrender and was shot dead by the police.

"Target error"

A diagnosis that Vincent Brengarth, one of the lawyers for the Muslim Federation of Pantin, sets out at the hearing to challenge point by point. Denouncing the accumulation of sometimes old elements - thus of M'hammed Henniche's proximity to Tariq Ramadan at the very beginning of the 2000s - and stressing that the president of the association, if he certainly committed a "fault" , which he regrets, by relaying the video, deleted it "at the very moment when he learned [his] role in the attack". His client, he also argues, "can not be held responsible for the actions of Mr. Doucouré in the context of private life", even though the file does not mention any "demonstration of any alert authorities ”concerning the imam, who was already in post when he arrived.

"If there is indeed an error of target, it is the mosque of Pantin", thunders in the wake of the other council of the association, William Bourdon. Which castigates a "medley of distorted, inaccurate statements", and a decision likely to "marginalize thousands of faithful attached to the Islam of France, to republican Islam". Mhammed Henniche, he asserts, is "unsuspected of the slightest complacency towards radical Islam." "On October 9, we never thought we would arrive at what happened on October 16", at this "despicable, abominable crime", he sighed at the end of the hearing.

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"Beam of clues"

"There are 130 mosques in Seine-Saint-Denis, it is this one that I wanted to close, justifies for his part the prefect of Seine-Saint-Denis, Georges -François Leclerc, who - a rare occurrence - came in person to defend his decree. It has been carefully considered. ” If he made the decision to close the place of worship, he said, it was because he considered "that words inciting violence and hatred could be made there." "When people talk to me about the Prévert-style inventory, I'm talking about a cluster of clues," argues the lawyer representing state interests. "Who is the imam who, in his private life, imposes extremely strict rules and who would be a moderate imam as a minister of religion?" she says of Ibrahim Doucouré. As for the removal of the video by Mr. Hammed Henniche, "he did not remove it to moderate or call for calm, he removed it to go under the radar," she said.

Prefect Leclerc, however, raised the possibility of reducing the duration of the mosque's closure, "in the light of the guarantees that [him] will be given", provided they are "solid". Sunday evening, the controversial imam, who refutes the "grievances" of the prefectural decree against him, announced on Facebook that he was "withdrawing from [his] activities" to "promote appeasement".

"We cannot be indifferent to the fact that the prefect opened the door", reacted Me Bourdon on leaving the court. While stressing that such a "compromise" is not "the objective" pursued by the appeal filed by the association that it defends, and denouncing again a "overreaction, which Darmanin perfectly embodies, after the ignoble assassination ”of Samuel Paty. The court's decision is expected this Tuesday morning.

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