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Islamic academic Tariq Ramadan in custody on rape accusations
January 31, 2018 | 5:05 PM
by Reuters
Author Tariq Ramadan is seen during an interview with Reuters in New York April 8, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo
 
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Paris: Prominent Swiss academic Tariq Ramadan, a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Oxford, has been taken into custody by French police following accusations of rape, a judicial source said on Wednesday.

The source said a preliminary investigation was opened after two complaints were filed against Ramadan, a well-known figure in the Middle East. He is the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Egypt, Hassan Al Banna. Ramadan took a leave of absence from Oxford last November after two women filed complaints in France alleging rape.

He has denied the allegations and filed a complaint for slander against author Henda Ayari, one of his accusers.


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