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Islamisten og professoren Tariq Ramadan er nå formelt siktet for voldtekter, ifølge en kilde i det franske rettsvesenet.

Ramadan ble pågrepet av fransk politi tidligere denne uken. Siktelsen ble tatt ut fredag, opplyser kilden til nyhetsbyrået AFP.

Ramadan, who was arrested by French police on Wednesday, was charged on Friday with connected charges of rape and rape of a vulnerable person in 2009 and 2012.

After two days of questioning by investigators, the 55-year-old professor was brought before three magistrates, in a move which suggests he is facing an extensive investigation, judicial sources said.

Beslutningen om å sikte Ramadan ble godt mottatt av Henda Ayaris advokat. Ayari var den første som anmeldte Ramadan.

Jonas Haddad said: “If there are other victims in France or elsewhere, they now know that the justice system will respond to what has happened to them.»

Sources close to the investigation said women who have testified anonymously during three months of preliminary investigations might now also file rape complaints.

To kvinner har beskyldt ham for voldtekter som skal ha funnet sted på hotellrom i Frankrike. Ramadan har avvist anklagene og sagt at han er utsatt for en svertekampanje.

Critics of the Muslim scholar have long claimed that despite his moderate stance he preaches a more radical line when addressing Muslims in Arabic.

Ramadan is the most high-profile figure to be held in France in connection with allegations of sexual assault and harassment which have emerged as part of the «Me Too» campaign.

Ramadan er professor i islamske studier ved Oxford og en profilert samfunnsdebattant. Han er barnebarn av Hassan al Banna, som grunnla Det muslimske brorskap i Egypt.

I november i fjor opplyste Oxford-universitetet at Ramadan var permittert fra stillingen som professor.

 

Telegraph: Oxford professor of Islamic studies Tariq Ramadan charged in France with rape