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Swiss scholar Tariq Ramadan set free under conditions

Swiss scholar Tariq Ramadan./Ph. DR
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The Paris Appeal Court ordered Thursday, November 15th, the release of Swiss scholar Tariq Raman under judicial supervision, says French newspaper Le Monde quoting his lawyer Emmanuel Marsigny.

Ramadan will have to pay 300,000 euros and hand over his Swiss passport. He will be forbidden from leaving the country and contacting plaintiffs and witnesses, said a judicial source. He will also have to go to the police station once a week.

Earlier in the day, Tariq Ramadan said he was innocent. «I will stay in France to defend myself and prove my innocence», he told reporters. «I have just spent ten months in prison, I am innocent, my health is deteriorating and I cannot walk properly», said the 56-year-old man who is suffering from Multiple sclerosis.

For about 20 minutes, he spoke with enthusiasm, during the hearing that lasted an hour and a half, to try to convince the court into releasing him.

For the record, the Swiss academic was detained by French police on 31st of January for having allegedly raped two women. Ramadan was summoned for a questioning to a Paris police station and was put into custody «as part of a preliminary inquiry in Paris into rape and assault allegations».

Multiple women came out after Ramadan’s arrest claiming that they have been allegedly raped and sexually assaulted by the writer.

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