Third woman accuses grand son of Muslim Brotherhood founder Tariq Ramadan of rape

File photo for Tariq Ramadan, grand son of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hasssan Al-Banna. (AFP)
Updated 08 March 2018
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Third woman accuses grand son of Muslim Brotherhood founder Tariq Ramadan of rape

PARIS: A third woman has accused Tariq Ramadan, the grand son of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder of rape, a month after he was indicted over similar charges and remanded into custody, judicial sources told AFP on Wednesday.
The French Muslim woman, who wants to remain anonymous and uses the pseudonym “Marie,” claims to have suffered multiple rapes in France, Brussels and London between 2013 and 2014.
She has accused Ramadan, 55, of subjecting her to violent and sexually degrading acts during a dozen meetings, often in hotels at the sidelines of conferences.
“Marie tried in vain to escape the influence of Mr. Ramadan who did not stop threatening her,” according to a judicial source, discussing the period between February 2013 and June 2014.
Ramadan, a scholar, and Oxford University professor whose grandfather founded Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood movement, was detained on February 2 over charges he raped two Muslim women in France, which he denies.
French authorities ordered Ramadan to be placed in custody after he was charged, judging him a flight risk.
His lawyers unsuccessfully proposed handing over his Swiss passport, bail of 50,000 euros ($62,000) and daily check-ins at a police station to secure his release.
A professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford, Ramadan has been on leave since November after the allegations emerged.
One of European Islam’s best known figures, he has dismissed the accusations against him as a smear campaign by his enemies and his lawyers argue there are inconsistencies in the women’s accounts.


Philippine Supreme Court upholds expulsion of chief justice

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Philippine Supreme Court upholds expulsion of chief justice

MANILA, Philippines: The Philippine Supreme Court has upheld the expulsion of its chief justice, the authoritarian president’s highest-ranking critic, in a final ruling that critics warned is unconstitutional and threatens judicial independence and the country’s fragile democracy.
Court spokesman Theodore Te said justices voted 8-6 Tuesday to uphold their May 11 decision to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno from the 15-member high court and deny her appeal. The government’s solicitor-general had asked the court to boot her out for allegedly failing to file some of her past assets disclosures, a charge she denies.
Sereno’s expulsion cut short a separate congressional impeachment attempt against her. The former law professor argues that the government petition to oust her violates the constitution, which stipulates that justices like her can be removed only by congressional impeachment.