French judges refuse lawyers' plea to release Tariq Ramadan

Magistrates investigating separate rape allegations against the prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan have refused his lawyers' request to overturn his placement under investigation after discrepencies were revealed in the acount of one of his accusers, and have maintained his preventive detention in prison which began in February.

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French judges have rejected a request by lawyers for Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan to drop charges* of raping two women, a source close to the inquiry told AFP on Friday, reports Yahoo News.