The Spanish authorities have revoked the refugee status of a Pakistani citizen who recorded a defamatory video about Mohammed, for “jeopardizing the security of the Spanish state, EFE was informed by sources in the Ministry of Interior.
The decision, was taken because the Pakistani citizen Imran Firasat, based in Spain, is considered “a threat to national security”.
The author of the controversial video, who can present appeals against this decision, will have to abandon Spain, where he has been residing legally since 24 October 2006 – when he was granted the status of political refugee “for humanitarian reasons” – when the decision is final.
The judge who is investigating the making of the controversial video warned the Pakistani citizen Imran Firasat that if he distributed the video by any means he would order his immediate arrest, sources closed to the case informed EFE. The magistrate had accused the Pakistani of the crime of incitement to hatred and religious violence.
He is accused of threatening the security of the Spanish state by recording this tape which asks, among other things, whether Mohammed was a “child abuser”.
Firasat now has a period of time in which to present appeals against the decision of the Ministry of Interior to revoke his refugee status and a judge will have the last word. If the judge decides to revoke his asylum status, this citizen of Pakistani origin will have to leave Spain.