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Islamic theologian remanded in custody for rape

Paris – Prominent Islamic theologian Tariq Ramadan was on Tuesday remanded in custody in France, where he is facing two potential rape charges, a judicial source said.

Women march against rape in Kano.

Ramadan had been placed under formal investigation since Friday on a charge of rape and one charge of rape of a vulnerable person.

The Swiss-born scholar had requested a delay, before a prosecution request that he be held in preventative detention was heard.

Prosecutors opened a preliminary investigation into the charges against the Oxford University professor in October, after two women went public with accusations against him.

The accusations came as France saw an outpouring of accounts of sexual misconduct in the wake of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Ramadan, who has proclaimed his innocence, filed a complaint of calumnious denunciation with prosecutors.

He subsequently took leave from his Oxford position as professor of contemporary Islamic studies.

Report says Ramadan is popular with many pious younger European Muslims of immigrant origins, and has argued for an approach to Islam adapted to life in Europe.

However, he has come under attack, particularly in France, from secularists who accuse him of being a stalking horse for political Islamism. (dpa/NAN)


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