Oxford Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan in French police custody on rape accusations

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Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan has been taken into custody in France after being questioned by police in connection with "rape and assault allegations".

The source said a preliminary investigation was opened after two complaints were filed against Mr. Ramadan, a well-known figure in the Middle East. Ramadan filed a counter-suit for libel and announced via Facebook on January 28 that he would soon file another lawsuit against his accusers.

The two women say they approached Ramadan, whose grandfather founded Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Islamist movement, separately to seek the conservative scholar's religious advice.

Ramadan has denied the accusations as a "campaign of lies launched by my adversaries".

Mr Ramadan, a Swiss national, teaches Islamic studies at Oxford University, but took leave of absence in November.

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But in October she named him publicly, saying she was encouraged by the thousands of women speaking out against sexual assault and harassment under the "Me Too" online campaign and its French equivalent, "Balance Ton Porc" (Squeal on your pig). The Paris judicial office has confirmed that two separate lawsuits were filed against Ramadan.

She filed a complaint with French authorities in Rouen accusing Ramadan of sexually harassing her, raping her, and issuing death threats towards her.

The writer and activist had described the attack in a 2016 book without naming Ramadan as the alleged attacker.

"These accusations are simply false, and betray all the ideals I have long strived for and believed in", Ramadan wrote on Facebook, according to The Local.

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