Rabat – Prominent Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan was hospitalized on Friday night for treatment of his multiple sclerosis, according to the support committee working on behalf of the Swiss scholar.
The scholar has been held in custody since January 31 after two women separately accused him of rape and sexual assault. The 55-year-old has firmly denied the accusations against him.
Ramadan said that the claims against him are part of a “campaign of lies launched by his adversaries.”
Ramadan is suffering from multiple sclerosis and has appealed the decision by French authorities to keep him in custody. He is being held as “part of a preliminary inquiry” into the allegations against him.
“The Paris Court of Appeals ordered an independent medical report on his state of health and postponed their decision to February 22,” according to Swissinfo.
Ramadan has been accused of rape by author and former Salafi Henda Ayari, who accused him of raping her in 2012 when both attended a congress of the Union of Islamic Organizations of France. Shortly thereafter, another woman claimed she was raped by the Swiss scholar in a French hotel in 2009.