Grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder on trial in France on rape charges

Grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder on trial in France on rape charges
File photo of Dr Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of the Muslim brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna. (Reuters)
Updated 05 June 2018

Grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder on trial in France on rape charges

Grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder on trial in France on rape charges

PARIS: For the first time since his arrest on rape charges, the grandson of the founder of the Muslim brotherhood, Tariq Ramadan, appeared in court on Tuesday.

Three judges are due to examine two allegations of rape filed against Ramadan. Ramadan will be questioned by judges regarding allegations made by a French Muslim woman by the name of ‘Mary’ who claims that the Islamic studies scholar raped and assaulted her repeatedly between 2015 and 2016.

Ramadan faces further allegations of rape by three other victims, but his defense lawyer say that he had met all the women in question but never had any relationships with any of them.

Ramadan, a Swiss citizen, was taken into custody last February as part of an inquiry, 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.