Paris (AFP) – Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan has been charged with raping two women besides two others he was already facing accusations over, his lawyer told AFP Thursday.
The 57-year-old Ramadan, a Swiss national, was already charged in France with raping a disabled woman in 2009 as well as a feminist activist in 2012. He denies the charges.
On Thursday, as Ramadan appeared before investigating magistrates in Paris, more charges were added relating to two various other women who were identified by investigators by photos found on his computer.
He arrived for the session accompanied by his wife.
“There can be a desire to pursue Tariq Ramadan at all costs as well as against the evidence,” his lawyer Emmanuel Marsigny told AFP.
“This specific case can be becoming grotesque.”
The two women themselves had not originally filed complaints, although both say they were involved in brutal sexual relationships with Ramadan — one by November-December 2015 as well as the various other in March 2016.
“the idea was something various other than physical rape, the idea went beyond in which… there was a moral rape,” one of the women had said in testimony seen by AFP.
“He had such a hold on you in which you did everything in which he demanded. although This specific relationship was consensual, yes,” she said.
“I asked him to be milder, although he said ‘the idea can be your fault, you deserve the idea’ as well as in which he needed to be obeyed, which can be what I did,” said the various other.
Ramadan, a father of four whose grandfather founded Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, was a professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University until he was forced to take leave when rape allegations surfaced at the height of the “Me Too” movement in late 2017.
He was taken into custody in February 2018 as well as held for over nine months before being granted bail on claims in which he raped two women in France — one in 2009 as well as the various other in 2012.
Authorities in Switzerland are also investigating him after receiving a rape complaint in in which country.
Ramadan insists all his relationships have been consensual.
Being charged in France does not necessarily mean a suspect will end up on trial, as a case can still be dropped for lack of evidence.
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