Tariq Ramadan charged with rape

Tariq Ramadan charged with rape
File photo showing Tariq Ramadan. (AFP)
Updated 02 February 2018

Tariq Ramadan charged with rape

Tariq Ramadan charged with rape

PARIS: A legal source in Paris told AFP that a court has charged the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan Al-Banna with rape.
A Paris prosecutor earlier called for the ongoing detention of Tariq Ramadan for his alleged involvement in two incidents of rape.
Ramadan, a Swiss citizen, was taken into custody Wednesday as part of a preliminary enquiry in Paris into rape and assault allegations made against him.
A regular face on French television, Ramadan is the most prominent figure to be held in France over sexual assault and harassment claims that emerged with the #MeToo campaign


Japan’s Okinawa declares coronavirus emergency as cases spike

Japan’s Okinawa declares coronavirus emergency as cases spike
Updated 19 January 2021

Japan’s Okinawa declares coronavirus emergency as cases spike

Japan’s Okinawa declares coronavirus emergency as cases spike
  • The emergency is scheduled to last until Feb. 7
TOKYO: Japan’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa, declared a state of emergency on Tuesday over the COVID-19 pandemic, as the country grapples with a surge in infections six months before it is set to host the Summer Olympics.
Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki said emergency measures include asking restaurants and bars to close by 8 p.m. and residents to refrain from non-urgent outings after 8 p.m.
The emergency is scheduled to last until Feb. 7.
The national government had already issued a state of emergency for Tokyo and other areas but the southern island, which hosts the bulk of US military forces in Japan, went ahead and declared an emergency of its own after a spike in cases.
The prefecture confirmed 113 cases on Tuesday, its third-highest daily tally on record, public broadcaster NHK reported.
Shizuoka prefecture, home to Mount Fuji, also declared “an emergency alert” of its own on Tuesday after it found cases of a more contagious coronavirus variant, Kyodo News reported.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has vowed to forge ahead with preparations to hold the Olympics this summer, in the face of growing public opposition as COVID-19 cases mount.
Recent polls show around 80 percent of people in Japan believe the Olympics, already postponed by a year because of the pandemic, should not be held this summer, while one of Suga’s cabinet members told Reuters last week the Games may not go ahead as planned.