Austria to close down suspicious mosques, expel Imams

According to Mikrofonnews Agency (MHA), Austria will shut down several mosques and expel scores of Imams as a part of a crackdown on Islamic radicalism, the officials say.

Sabastian Kurtz, Austria’s Chancellor said on Friday at least seven mosques will be shut down and at least 40 Imams will be expelled from Austria.

Kurz said that the investigation on several mosques and associations conducted by the Ministry of Interior and Office of Religious Affairs had been concluded and that the activities of seven mosques were found to be forbidden — one of them belonging to the Turkish-Islamic Cultural Associations (ATIB).

The Austrian chancellor added that the imams would be deported on grounds of being foreign-funded. Turkey has condemned the decision describing the move as Islamophobia.