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French investigate rape allegations against Islamic scholar

Ramadan teaches Islamic Studies at Oxford University and has written numerous books on Islam and the integration of Muslims in Europe.

world Updated: Oct 28, 2017 23:49 IST
Last week, a woman said she was assaulted by Swiss Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan in 2012.
Last week, a woman said she was assaulted by Swiss Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan in 2012.(Shutterstock)

The Paris prosecutor’s office is investigating allegations of rape and sexual assault against prominent Swiss Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who denies any wrongdoing.

Le Monde and Le Parisien newspapers reported Saturday that a woman filed a complaint this week against Ramadan for an alleged rape in 2009. Last week, a woman said she was assaulted by Ramadan in 2012.

Paris prosecutors say they have opened a rape and sexual assault investigation against Ramadan following the first complaint. Ramadan’s lawyer, Yassine Bouzrou, has denied the accusations and says his client is suing for “false allegations.”

Ramadan teaches Islamic Studies at Oxford University and has written numerous books on Islam and the integration of Muslims in Europe.