Islamic Scholar Ramadan Detained In France Over Rape Allegations

Feb 01, 2018, 00:08
Islamic Scholar Ramadan Detained In France Over Rape Allegations

The Paris prosecutor's office said its investigating Oxford University Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan in relation to two women who allege he forced himself on them in French hotels, according to the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Henda Ayari, a feminist activist and writer who used to practise a conservative strain of Islam, says Ramadan suggested they meet in Paris in 2012 after she contacted him about her decision to stop wearing the veil. Ramadan filed a counter-suit for libel and announced via Facebook on January 28 that he would soon file another lawsuit against his accusers. The judicial official confirmed that two lawsuits have been filed against Ramadan. He is the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Egypt, Hassan al-Banna.

"He choked me so hard that I thought I was going to die", she told Le Parisien newspaper.

But she said she made a decision to publicly name him in the fall of 2017 "because there are religious men who profit from their position to abuse women".

Ramadan branded the decision ridiculous, stressing he had always rejected terrorism and accusing the United States of trying to stifle debate.

A prominent Islamic scholar has been jailed in Paris-over allegations of rape and sexual assault. I got scared and kept quiet all this time.

Ayari, who lodged a rape complaint against Ramadan on October 20, charged that for him, "either you wear a veil or you get raped".

Ramadan denies all accusations against him and maintains his innocence on all charges.

Ramadan lambasted French media, claiming they falsely reported on his situation, and asserted that the accusations against him are part of a "campaign of lies launched by my adversaries".

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