Leading Islamic Scholar Ramadan Confronts Alleged Rape Victim, Remains in Custody

CNS News | 9/19/2018 | Staff
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Paris (CNSNews.com) – Tariq Ramadan, one of Europe’s best-known Islamic scholars, has come face to face in a court in Paris with one of several women who accuse him of raping them in hotel rooms on the sidelines of conferences on Islam.

In keeping with the French legal system, Ramadan and the 45-year-old woman identified only as Christelle appeared with their lawyers before three investigating judges, during a closed, eight-hour session described by the woman’s lawyer, Eric Morain, as a bitter confrontation, “during which the two parties stood firm in their positions.”

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Ramadan, the Swiss-born grandson of the Egyptian cleric who founded the Muslim Brotherhood 90 years ago, stands accused of raping Christelle and two other women between 2009 and 2014. He has been in custody in France since last February, and his lawyers this week again sought his release pending the continuing trial.

The 56-year-old professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University – on a leave of absence since last November – could face a prison sentence of up to 20 years if convicted.

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During the court hearing Christelle, a French woman who converted to Islam, said she had developed an association with Ramadan via social media before they met in October 2009 in Lyon, where she was attending a conference at which he was a keynote speaker.

She repeated her earlier description of a scar in Ramadan’s groin area which she claimed could only have been seen in a close contact situation.

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Ramadan’s lawyer, Emmanuel Marsigny, dismissed that claim, saying a description of the scar could have been obtained from former mistresses of the scholar.

Ramadan admitted flirting with Christelle via social media but denied having sex with her, saying he had merely seen her for 20 to 30 minutes in the lobby of the hotel.

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