Tariq Ramadan vehemently denies the allegations CREDIT: MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP  Author, Henda Ayari CREDIT: CLAUDE GASSIAN/FLAMMARION Tariq Ramadan vehemently denies the allegations CREDIT: MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP Author, Henda Ayari CREDIT: CLAUDE GASSIAN/FLAMMARION

Investigations uncover Banna's grandson's sexual relations with minors

Thu, Nov. 29, 2018
CAIRO - 29 November 2018: According to a secret investigation issued by the Swiss State Council on October 31, Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan faced new charges of having sexual relationships with minors in Switzerland, French L’OBS website reported Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Ramadan is the grandson of Hassan el-Banna, the founder of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

The investigation revealed that Ramadan tried to seduce a 14-year-old girl but did not succeed. He also had consensual sex with three female students aged between 15 and 18. These incidents took place from 1980 to 1990, when Ramadan taught French and philosophy in two schools (the secondary school of Susir and the middle school of Kudri).

It is noteworthy that the Islamic scholar confessed on Nov. 18 to having a consensual sexual relationship with one of the women who sued him for rape, according to French news source Europe 1.

Ramadan’s lawyer Emmanuel Marsigny stated that the scholar will talk in front of the judiciary about the relationship that he had with one of the women suing him.
Up until now, four women in France and Switzerland have filed lawsuits against Ramadan accusing him of sexual assault.

Ramadan denied having any relations with the first two women who accused him of rape. But when confronted with the third woman, he admitted having a consensual sexual relation with her.

Marie, Ramadan’s third plaintiff, also provided investigators with a dress allegedly having Ramadan’s semen on it. The tests are still underway to specify if there is correlation between DNA samples. The French police detained Ramadan in January, a legal source said.

Ramadan is a Swiss national who grew up in Geneva. He was temporarily stopped from entering France over suspected links to Algerian terrorists. In 2003, he refused to condemn the stoning penalty, insisting instead on a “moratorium on the death penalty,” according to the Telegraph; that incurred a clash with former French Minister of Interior who later became president, Nicolas Sarkozy.

In 2004, he was barred entry to the United States by local authorities for “providing material support to a terrorist organization,” which denied him a post as professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

In 2010, Obama’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, revoked the ban. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair also chose him “to work on a task force to help tackle extremism in the UK following the 7/7 attacks in London in 2005,” The Telegraph reported.

The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 and has been involved in a series of terror attacks and assassinations. The most prominent of which are the shooting of late Prime Minister Mahmoud el-Nokrashi Pasha in 1948 for dissolving the Brotherhood, and late President Anwar el-Saddat in 1981 in objection to the peace treaty signed with Israel in 1979.

The Brotherhood also assumed responsibility for an assassination attempt on President Gamal Abdel Nasser while delivering a speech in Alexandria's Manshiyah square in 1954.
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