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.
Express, By Siobhan McFadyen
PUBLISHED: 15:54, Wed, Nov 2, 2016
The town of Winterthur had an ISIS cell operating from a mosque but it was allowed to stay open.
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.
Corinne Bouvard of the Canton of Zurich prosecutor’s office outside the mosque.
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
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 An’Nur Mosque belongs to the Association of Islamic Organisations in Zurich.
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.”