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Tariq Ramadan: French police question Muslim scholar over rape claims

Tariq Ramadan: French police question Muslim scholar over rape claims

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.

Le Monde and Le Parisien newspapers reported past year that two women recently filed complaints in France against Ramadan for an alleged rape in 2009 and an assault in 2012.

After the accusations became public, Ramadan filed a complaint against Ayari for slander.

The allegations emerged late past year and prompted Ramadan to take a leave of absence from his post at Oxford.

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

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Ramadan, now in French custody, is also on a mutually agreed upon leave of absence from Oxford University, which he began in November of 2017 in order to take time to address the allegations against him. I had a great admiration for him for years.

She described the alleged assault in her autobiography but at the time, did not name Ramadan to avoid legal issues.

Another woman, who has not been named publicly, has accused him of raping her in a hotel in Lyon in 2009.

Ramadan has denied the two women's accusations, as well as further allegations in Swiss media of sexual misconduct against teenage girls in the 1980s and 1990s, as "a campaign of lies launched by my adversaries".

The two women say they approached Ramadan, whose grandfather founded Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Islamist movement, separately to seek the conservative scholar's religious advice.

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