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Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan faces new rape accusation

AFP  |  Geneva 

The prominent Islamic scholar Ramadan, who is in French detention over several allegations, is facing a new accusation of rape, this time in Switzerland, a Swiss daily reported today.

A Swiss woman is pressing criminal charges against Ramadan, 55, alleging he raped her and held her against her will for several hours in a hotel room a decade ago, the (TdG) daily reported.

When contacted by AFP, the woman's confirmed that criminal charges had been filed in on Friday, but said he did not want to make any further comments at this stage.

"We are confident in our case," he said.

The alleged victim, who was not identified, is not the first to accuse

The prominent TV pundit and professor, whose grandfather founded movement, was detained by a in February over charges that he raped two Muslim women in

A third woman has since made further allegations of denies all the charges.

One of European Islam's best-known figures, he has dismissed the accusations against him as a smear campaign by his enemies and his lawyers argue there are inconsistencies in the women's accounts.

In the fresh case, reported it had seen a 13-page transcript of the alleged Swiss victim's testimony, in which she accused of attacking and raping her in a hotel room in 2008.

The woman, a convert to who was around 40 years old at the time, had been having family difficulties and had sought out the eminent Muslim scholar who like her grew up in Geneva, according to the paper.

After meeting him at a book signing in in 2008, she had begun corresponding with him via and voiced interested in attending a conference he was planning in the city.

But as the conference was private, she said Ramadan -- who is also a Swiss national -- had offered to meet her for coffee and what she thought would be a recap of the event.

Instead, he lured her up to his hotel room, where she said he attacked her, raping her and holding her in the room for hours, reported.

"I was afraid I was going to die. I was terrified and paralysed," she said in the testimony, according to the paper.

The woman, who said she had been too afraid at the time to go to the police, said she had been emboldened to step forward now by the large number of women who have accused Ramadan of sexual misconduct, said.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 00:50 IST