Oxford professor faces fourth rape complaint

The allegation against Tariq Ramadan, a professor of contemporary Islamic studies at St Anthony's, relates to an alleged incident in Geneva in October 2008

A Swiss woman has filed a criminal complaint for rape against Oxford scholar Tariq Ramadan, who is already being held in custody in France over similar charges.

The allegation by the unnamed woman relates to an alleged incident in Geneva in October 2008. The woman was about 40 at the time.

“At this stage of the procedure, I can confirm that we have filed a criminal complaint,” her lawyer, Romain Jordan, told Radio Télévision Suisse on Friday night. “The complaint puts forward facts that may amount to rape with aggravated circumstances.”

The news follows Ramadan’s detention in France in February on charges that he raped two women. A third woman has since accused the professor of rape.

Ramadan denies all charges, having suggested they may be part of a smear campaign against him.

A professor of contemporary Islamic studies at St Antony’s College, Ramadan took a leave of absence in November, which the University said was “to address the extremely serious allegations made against him”.