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ADDED ON: 01/29/2021

Belgium to expel Turkish imam over ‘hateful comments’ against LGBT community

01/28/2021 | i24

Belgium is ordering a Turkish imam to leave the country after he posted comments judged homophobic on social media, officials said Thursday. The imam, working in a mosque in northern Belgium, has had his residency permit renewal request denied and been given 30 days to leave, the government said. “As an imam you have an exemplary role, especially if you have been granted the right to work in Belgium. Whoever refuses to respect our values must suffer the consequences,” the junior minister for migration, Sammy Mahdi, said in a statement. The decision was made mid-December and confirmed after immigration officials spoke with the imam in mid-January. It can be appealed.

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