A well-known academic at the University of Oxford – Tariq Ramadan, is in French Police custody following accusations of rape against him, a judicial source has confirmed. Ramadan is a professor of Islamic Studies at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Two accusations of rape have been levelled against Ramadan – a Swiss national – one from 2009, and another from 2012. The news was first reported on by Reuters, as seen below. Read on below for the full story.
Ramadan is the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Egypt – Hassan al-Banna, Ramadan, who is 55 years old, is a highly-respected figure in the Middle East. He has denied the allegations against him, and has filed a complaint of slander against his accusers.
One accuser says the alleged rape took place in Paris in 2012. This accusation was the subject of a book. A second woman has come forward and accused Ramadan of rape as well – this time in Lyon from 2009.
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In terms of Ramadan’s standing with the University of Oxford, he has actually been on a leave of absence for over two months. He took up the absence in November following the complaints of rape against him in France. This unfortunate news doesn’t reflect well on Oxford University. The accusations will now be investigated.