'Perverted Guru' Tariq Ramadan Held by French Police Investigating Rape Allegations

Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan accused of rape arrested in Paris

French police took prominent Swiss academic Tariq Ramadan into custody for questioning on Wednesday, just months after two women accused the Oxford University professor of rape. Ramadan, who is a Swiss national and the grandson of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, has denied all wrongdoing despite four of his former pupils and one other woman accusing him of sexual misconduct and blackmail.

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

Ramadan lambasted French media, claiming they falsely reported on his situation, and asserted that the accusations against him are part of a "campaign of lies launched by my adversaries".

I have been silent for several years because of fear, because by threatening to press charges for the rape I was a victim of, he did not hesitate to threaten me and to tell me also that he could go after my children.

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She lodged a rape complaint against Ramadan on October 20.

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

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 past year, without naming Ramadan.

"These accusations are simply false, and betray all the ideals I have long strived for and believed in", he wrote. According to the professor's website, he teaches contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford. Secular critics accuse him of promoting a political form of Islam.

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