Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan questioned by French police over rape claims

An Oxford University professor and former government advisor, Tariq Ramadan is in custody today following rape allegations. Tariq Ramadan, a prominent Islamic scholar is being questioned by French authorities two months after a woman alleged Mr Ramadan raped her. The Swiss National has been accused by former Salafist turned secular feminist Henda Ayari of raping her in a hotel room in 2012. Henda Ayari said that she mentioned the incident in a 2016 book but did not name Mr Ramadan after receiving threats.

During the incident it is alleged that Mr Ramadan said to Ms Ayari “either you are veiled or you are raped.” A second allegation of rape has also been levelled at Tariq Ramadan. The allegation which dates back to 2009 is said to have took place in the Hilton Hotel in Lyon. According to the Telegraph, the woman who was a 42-year-old convert to Islam says that Mr Ramadan subjected her to “very brutal scenes of sexual violence.” As well as the rape allegations, Mr Ramadan has also been accused of sexually harassing students who were studying under him while in Geneva.

Mr Ramadan has denied all the allegations against him and has said that this is a campaign being launched against him by “long time adversaries.” French police are able to detain Mr Ramadan for a maximum of 48 hours for questioning after which he could be freed or placed under a formal investigation.

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