A district court in canton Zurich has given a Muslim preacher, accused of promoting violence, an 18-month suspended prison sentence. It also ordered the 25-year-old Ethiopian to be deported and banned from re-entering Switzerland for 15 years.
Police arrested the cleric in October of last year, after receiving reports of the controversial sermon delivered at the An’Nur mosque in Winterthur, in north-eastern Switzerland. The man is also charged with distributing pictures of executions online and of violating labour regulations by working without a permit.
"His religious views represent a danger to the public," the prosecution told the court. But the defendent's lawyer painted a different picture, saying: "He was merely an unsuspecting asylum seeker who had only been in Switzerland for three months. He is no fanatical Muslim."