Leading Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan arrested in Paris amid rape claims

Leading Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan arrested in Paris amid rape claims

Leading Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan arrested in Paris amid rape claims

French police took prominent Swiss academic Tariq Ramadan into custody for questioning on Wednesday, just months after two women accused the Oxford University professor of rape. But two French newspapers reported past year that Ramadan had committed rape in 2009 and a sexual assault in 2012.

Ramadan denied the allegations and filed a complaint for slander against one of his accusers, Reuters said. He is president of the thinktank European Muslim Network in Brussels and teaches at Britain's Oxford University.

The writer and activist had described the attack in a 2016 book without naming Ramadan as the alleged attacker.

Politico notes Ramadan is considered an influential but controversial figure among Muslim scholars.

The 41-year-old claims Ramadan forced himself on her after inviting her to his hotel room in Paris in 2012.

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Soon after, Ramadan was accused of making sexual advances on four women who studied under him as teenagers in Geneva.

The Swiss national has taken a leave of absence from his professorship at Oxford University as a result of the investigation.

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".

French authorities arrested a leading Islamic Scholar from Oxford over allegations from multiple women who say he committed sexual assault and rape, twice in France. He is the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Egypt, Hassan al-Banna.

Ramadan has denied all accusations against him.

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