Rape-accused Swiss Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan has been detained in Paris, according to information from a legal source - AFP/File/MEHDI FEDOUACH
CAIRO – 20 April 2018: The prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, Hassan El Banna’s grandson, the founder of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, confessed 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 defendants against him.
Up until now, four women in France and Switzerland have filed lawsuits against Tariq Ramadan accusing him of sexual and violent assault.
Ramadan denied having any relations with the first two women who accused him of rape. But when confronted with the third woman’s evidence, he admitted to having sexual relations with her but not the kind of relations she said.
Marie, Ramadan’s third plaintiff, also provided investigators with a dress allegedly with Ramadan’s semen. The tests are still underway to specify if there is a 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 had 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 Manshiyah square in Alexandria in 1954.