The head of the Saudi Arabia-based Muslim World League (MWL) has vowed to reform Switzerland's largest mosque, which has attracted scrutiny from French and Swiss authorities over links to extremists.
In an interview with the Tribune de Genève paper on Friday, the secretary general of MWL Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa said that he will constitute a new board of the Islamic Cultural Foundation of Geneva, which manages the Geneva mosque in Petit-Saconnex. MWL underwrites a substantial part of the mosque's finances.
Al-Issa said that two mosque employees, who have been placed by French officials on a backlist known as "Fiche S" since at least 2012, will be removed from their posts. Their homes were raided by the French police in 2015. Fiche S, or "S file status", is reserved for individuals who are considered potential threats to French national security. It is divided into 16 categories depending on the level of threat.