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Scholar accused of rapes – Probe under way

Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan delivers a speech during a French Muslim organizations’ meeting on Feb. 7, 2016, in Lille, northern France – AP

KUWAIT CITY, March 13: Tariq Ramadan, the prominent Islamic scholar, has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Washington, USA, in the latest incident of a string of damning allegations against him, reports Al-Qabas daily.

According to French newspaper Libération, the complaint, which refers to an alleged incident dating back to 2013, was fi led last month with Washington police.

The complainant, a 30-year-old American Muslim, now lives in Kuwait and has requested to remain anonymous. Ramadan, an Oxford University professor whose grandfather founded Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood movement, was detained on Feb 2 over charges he raped two women in France, which he denies.

Last week, a third woman, who wants to remain anonymous and uses the pseudonym ‘Marie’, claimed to have suffered multiple rapes in France, Brussels and London between 2013 and 2014. The latest complaint, concerning the alleged incident in Washington, is the fi rst to emerge outside Europe. There is not yet a prosecution, and an investigation is ongoing. The complaint does not mention Ramadan’s identity, but a police source contacted by Libération confi rmed that it is aimed at the 55-year-old Swiss theologian.

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