Tariq Ramadan: French police question Muslim scholar over rape claims

Lucy Bush
February 1, 2018

French police have questioned prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan over allegations over rape and sexual assault. His detention comes in the wake of a preliminary investigation opened past year after two women filed police complaints against him, accusing him of rape. He is president of the thinktank European Muslim Network in Brussels and teaches at Britain's Oxford University. In a November statement, Oxford said it "acknowledged the gravity of the allegations" against Ramadan and emphasized "the importance of fairness and the principles of justice and due process".

For the record, two women lodged rape complaints against the 55-year-old Swiss national in October accusing him of raping them in a hotel room.

Four other women have accused Ramadan of making sexual advances toward them while they were students, BBC reported.

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The senior research fellow of St. Antony's College was accused in November of rape by French author Henda Ayari.

She had detailed the encounter in a book published past year, without naming her alleged attacker.

An unnamed disabled woman also accused the academic of raping her in a hotel room in the southeastern city of Lyon in 2009.

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Ramadan is an influential and at times controversial commentator on modern Islam, known to challenge Islamic fundamentalists and encourage dialogue between faiths.

He says all allegations are part of a "campaign of slander" by enemies.

The leading Oxford professor, whose grandfather founded Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Islamist movement, is facing investigations in France for the alleged rape of two women.

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