Tariq Ramadan faces fourth claim of rape

The alleged incident took place in 2013, when Tariq Ramadan was visiting Washington. (Reuters)
Updated 09 March 2018
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Tariq Ramadan faces fourth claim of rape

LONDON: A fourth woman has filed a rape complaint against prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan. The complaint was filed in Washington D.C. Ramadan has been held since last month on preliminary rape charges in France following allegations by three women.
The French newspaper Liberation said the latest complaint was filed with Washington police in mid-February.
Rabia Chaudry, a US lawyer, said: “I have today reported to the federal prosecutor the case of a fourth victim of Ramadan.”
Chaudry said the allegation “is not part of an international plot to get Ramadan.”
The alleged incident took place in August 2013, when Ramadan was visiting Washington.
Ramadan’s lawyers declined to comment.


Bulgaria seizes 288 kilos of heroin in truck from Iran

Updated 18 April 2019
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Bulgaria seizes 288 kilos of heroin in truck from Iran

  • Two men — the Iranian truck driver and a Turkish man, who was allegedly to receive the drugs in Bulgaria — were detained and indicted for drug trafficking

SOFIA: Bulgarian customs officials confiscated more than 288 kilo (635 pounds) of heroin hidden on a truck from Iran, prosecutors announced Thursday.

The haul is the biggest amount of heroin seized at Bulgaria’s borders this year, the customs agency said.

Two men — the Iranian truck driver and a Turkish man, who was allegedly to receive the drugs in Bulgaria — were detained and indicted for drug trafficking, the Haskovo regional prosecution said in a statement. They risk jail terms from 15 to 20 years, it added.

The drugs were placed in 144 packages hidden inside the floor and ceiling of a spray painting machine transported inside the truck.

It was found when the vehicle was X-rayed upon entering Bulgaria from Turkey at the southeastern Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint on Sunday, but the seizure was only announced on Thursday.

Bulgaria, which lies on the so-called Balkan drugs route from the Middle East to Western Europe, has seen a several-fold increase in heroin seizures over the past three years.

In 2018, the customs agency confiscated a total of 994 kilos of heroin at the country’s borders, a rise of 13 percent from 2017.