Italy expels head of Islamic centre accused of radical propaganda

The leader of an Islamic cultural centre in northern Italy has been expelled for spreading radical propaganda, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Wednesday.

The man, an Albanian national, lived in Ferrara, 250 kilometres south-east of Milan.

"I decided to have him expelled because he preached to the faithful with language that was heavy on fanaticism, and he used to frantically look up websites with Islamic State-related content," Alfano said in a statement.

The suspect clearly bore a grudge against Western culture and countries taking part in the international coalition against the Islamic State, the minister said.

Italy has kicked out 108 foreigners since 2015 for alleged links to terrorism, including 42 in the year to date.

Last week there were four expulsions, including of a 26-year-old Pakistani who once played as captain of Italy's under-19 national cricket team, and who professed his innocence.

Last update: Wed, 10/08/2016 - 17:49

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