Islam scholar Tariq Ramadan 'held in France' over rape accusations


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

Ramadan has furiously denied the complaints made by two Muslim women who said they were emboldened to break their silence after the revelations that toppled Hollywood mogul Weinstein.

Mr. Ramadan took a leave of absence from Oxford in November 2017 after two women filed complaints in France alleging rape. The Paris judicial office has confirmed that two separate lawsuits were filed against Ramadan.

Soon after, Ramadan was accused of making sexual advances on four women who studied under him as teenagers in Geneva.

The United States barred him from the country for several years after the September 11, 2001 attacks, preventing him taking up an academic post there.

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The senior research fellow of St. Antony's College was accused in November of rape by French author Henda Ayari.

Ramadan had a number of accolades: Time magazine declared him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2004, and Foreign Policy magazine said he was one of the top 100 most influential thinkers in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

She described the alleged assault in her autobiography but at the time, did not name Ramadan to avoid legal issues.

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.

He says all allegations are part of a "campaign of slander" by enemies.