Academic Tariq Ramadan detained over rape allegations

Islam scholar Tariq Ramadan'held in France over rape accusations

Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, accused of rape, arrested in Paris

French police have questioned prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan over allegations over rape and sexual assault. The women laid police complaints a year ago claiming that Mr Ramadan assaulted them in hotel rooms.

Mr Ramadan, 55, denies wrongdoing and is suing one of his accusers, Henda Ayari, a former radical Islamist who now heads a secular feminist group.

She alleges that Ramadan violently assaulted her in a Paris hotel room in 2012 following one of his lectures.

According to his official website, Ramadan is a scholar, president of think thank European Muslim Network in Brussels and director of the Research Centre for Islamic Legislation and Ethics in Doha, Qatar.

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

Ramadan said in a statement in November, after he took a leave of absence from the University of Oxford, when the first charges were made public: "Contrary to reports in the French-language press, I have taken leave of absence upon mutual agreement with Oxford University, which will permit me to devote my energies to my defence while respecting students' need for a calm academic environment". He is the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Egypt, Hassan al-Banna.

"It was the #BalanceTonPorc campaign that pushed me to reveal his name", she told the Parisien newspaper a year ago, in reference to France's version of the hashtag which means "Expose your pig".

She said Ramadan raped her in his hotel room, telling Le Parisien newspaper: "He choked me so hard that I thought I was going to die".

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

"These accusations are simply false, and betray all the ideals I have long strived for and believed in", he wrote.

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