France Jails Imam Over Channel Migrant Crossings
A French court has sentenced an imam to two years in prison for helping migrants try to cross the English Channel in inflatable boats.
The 39-year-old Iranian national was accused of arranging several crossings from northern France to England.
A 29-year-old Senegalese man who attended the mosque where the imam preaches also stood trial.
He was given nine months in jail and was banned from visiting Nord and Pas-de-Calais for three years.
The imam, who has not been named in French media, fainted upon hearing his sentence.
The men admitted providing six or seven dinghies after they were arrested in April, French newspaper Le Figaro reported.
The investigation started in late March when life jackets, wet pullovers and a rubber dinghy were discovered on a beach in northern France.
According to the prosecution, the imam was in contact with organised gangs of traffickers and took a commission on the sale of each boat…….read more
Source: Sahara Reporters