01 February, 2018
Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan has been taken into custody in France after being questioned by police in connection with "rape and assault allegations".
The Swiss-born academic, 55, answered a summons to report to Paris police who are conducting a preliminary investigation.
He denies the claims and says that he has started legal action against the women for libel.
He also took a leave of absence from the University of Oxford. Ramadan filed a counter-suit for libel and announced via Facebook on January 28 that he would soon file another lawsuit against his accusers.
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Lawyers for the married father-of-four have accused Ayari of slander and suggested the women colluded to try disgrace him.
Ramadan is an influential and at times controversial commentator on modern Islam, known to challenge Islamic fundamentalists and encourage dialogue between faiths.
Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Islamist movement, has furiously denied rape allegations from two women that emerged late previous year, as the Harvey Weinstein scandal unfurled in the US.
The writer and activist had described the attack in a 2016 book without naming Ramadan as the alleged attacker.
Ramadan has denied the two women's accusations, as well as further allegations in Swiss media of sexual misconduct against teenage girls in the 1980s and 1990s, as "a campaign of lies launched by my adversaries".