France freezes assets of rape-accused Tariq Ramadan’s brother

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The French government has frozen the assets of Hani Ramadan, brother of rape-accused Islam scholar Tariq Ramadan, as part of the fight against financing terrorism, according to a decree published by the official French government bulletin.

Hani, who is also an Islamic scholar, had been expelled from France and went to Switzerland in April 2017 for “adopting behavior and making remarks posing a serious threat to public order on French soil” the French government had said.

Hani has two months to contest the freezing of his assets, said the decree, made jointly by the economy, finance and interior ministries.

Hani came to attention on September 10, 2002, when French daily newspaper Le Monde published a column he penned titled “The misunderstood Sharia”, in which he defended the stoning of adulterers, saying it was not as cruel as one might think. He also suggested that HIV was a divine punishment. The controversy that arose from the column’s publication led to Ramadan’s immediate dismissal from his teaching position at the time.

Hani’s name was one of 16 on a list of foreign nationals sentenced for or suspected of having links to a terrorist organization or of carrying out propaganda for such an organization.

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