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Academic Tariq Ramadan detained over rape allegations

Academic Tariq Ramadan detained over rape allegations

Ramadan, who is a Swiss national and the grandson of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, has denied all wrongdoing despite four of his former pupils and one other woman accusing him of sexual misconduct and blackmail.

The academic was summoned for questioning to a Paris police station and taken into custody "as part of a preliminary inquiry in Paris into rape and assault allegations", according to reports on RTL radio. The Paris judicial office has confirmed that two separate lawsuits were filed against Ramadan.

Shorlty after, a second woman came forward who said she had gone through a similar experience with Ramadan in 2009.

After the allegations Mr Ramadan, who is regarded by critics as an apologist for political Islam, took leave in November from his post as professor of contemporary Islamic studies at St Antony's College, Oxford.

Ramadan was also accused of sexually assaulting teenage students in Switzerland during the 1980s and '90s, but has categorically denied all allegations leveled against him. I had a great admiration for him for years.




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

He's considered a leading authority on Islam, and has published multiple books about the faith and about Muslim immigration to Europe.

Ayari then filed a formal complaint with police in Rouen.

"He literally threw himself on me like a wild beast", Ayari said. In November, he directed his lawyer to sue Ayari for defamation.

On Tuesday, he announced the launch in Paris of a new movement called Resistance and Alternative which he said "rejects all ideologies that subjugate and de-humanise mankind".

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