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Leading Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan arrested in Paris amid rape claims

Leading Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan arrested in Paris amid rape claims

French police have questioned prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan over allegations over rape and sexual assault.

The source said a preliminary investigation was opened after two complaints were filed against Mr. Ramadan, a well-known figure in the Middle East.

Islam scholar Tariq Ramadan, a leading professor at Oxford University, was detained on Wednesday in France, where he is facing allegations of rape.

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

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

A joint statement from Ramadan and the university said the leave would allow him to face the "extremely serious allegations made against him".




Lawyers for the married father-of-four have accused Ayari of slander and suggested the women colluded to try disgrace him.

"Many people are angry because I denounced someone whom people respect a lot", Ayari told The New York Times in October. "For me, he was something like a saint".

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.

Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Islamist movement, has furiously denied rape allegations from two women that emerged late past year, as the Harvey Weinstein scandal unfurled in the US.

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

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