Earlier this month, prosecutors in France ordered investigating authorities to consider evidence from “two new potential victims.”
Rabat – Authorities are expanding the rape investigation against prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan.
Earlier in September, French prosecutors asked the investigating magistrate to include new evidence from two alleged victims, France 24 reported on Sunday.
The alleged incidents date back to 2015 and 2016.
Authorities decided to include the new evidence after they took witness statements from the two women. Investigators identified the two alleged victims from documents detected on Ramadan‘s computers
The alleged victims have not filed any criminal complaint against Ramadan.
AFP quoted a testimony from one of the two women.
“It was something other than physical rape, it went beyond that … there was a moral rape,” she said.
She added that Ramadan “had such a hold on you that you did everything that he demanded. But this relationship was consensual.”
Police arrested Ramadan in February 2018, more than nine months after two women first came out with rape accusations in late 2017 and filed complaints against him for sexual abuse and rape.
Last August, another woman accused Raman of rape.
The latest plaintiff, a fifty-year old radio journalist, claimed that the ISlamic scholar raped her along with a member of his staff on May 23, 2014 in a hotel room in Sofitel lyon.
The scholar refused the accusation against him emphasizing that it is baseless and part of a smear campaign against him.