An Imam in Zurich has been arrested after allegedly calling for non-practicing Muslims to be burned and killed.
The Ethiopian Imam, who was charged on August 2 of a number of other offences, including posting violent images of killings on Facebook and sharing them with people, and of working as an imam without authorisation.
Swiss prosecutors have now demanded the Imam is expelled from the country, with a 15-year ban on returning. They also want him to face an 18-month suspended sentence.
Complaints about the alleged hate speech reportedly go back to November 2016, when police raided the An-Nur mosque in Winterthur after being sent evidence of his radical speeches. Four people were arrested, including the Imam.
The mosque was then shut down in June this year.
In one speech, the unnamed Imam is said to have called on worshippers to expel Muslims who did not pray regularly.
In a statement, Swiss prosecutors said: ‘In his homily of Oct. 21, 2016, in the An’Nur Mosque, he is accused among other things of calling for expelling Muslims who do not pray in the community, and even burning them and killing them in their homes if they still refuse.’
He then apparently said that those who refused to practice Islam even after being expelled should be burned and killed in their homes.
Police reportedly arrested 10 people in connection to a brutal attack on two Muslims suspected of being whistleblowers in the Imam’s case.