Islam scholar Tariq Ramadan 'held in France' over rape accusations

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But two French newspapers reported past year that Ramadan had committed rape in 2009 and a sexual assault in 2012. The judicial official confirmed that two lawsuits have been filed against Ramadan.

Tariq Ramadan is a world-renowned academic and teaches at Oxford UniversityWho is Tariq Ramadan?

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.

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

Tariq Ramadan is the professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at St Antony's College, Oxford.




But in October she said she had made a decision to name him publicly, encouraged by the thousands of women speaking out against sexual assault and harassment under the "Me Too" online campaign and its French equivalent, "Balance Ton Porc" (Squeal on your pig).

The feminist activist also revealed that she had written about her experience in a book, but had been too fearful to print Ramadan's name, L'Express reports.

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

Ayari, a self-described "secular Muslim" who used to practise an ultra-conservative strain of Islam that she has since renounced, detailed her rape allegations in a book published previous year, without naming Ramadan.

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

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