As Secretary of State in 2010, Hillary Clinton used her authority to sign a special order that allowed radical Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan into the United States after he had been banned as a national security threat during the Bush administration. On Feb. 2, 2018, Ramadan was arrested in Paris and charged for allegedly raping two Muslim women. He has been denied bail.
In addition, the Swiss newspaper, Tribune de Geneve, has reported that Ramadan allegedly tried to seduce one of his former students, who was 14 at the time. The Tribune also reported that three other female students have come forward claiming that Ramadan allegedly seduced them.
Ramadan, 55, is the professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at St. Anthony's College, Oxford, and a member of the U.K. Foreign Office Advisory Group on Freedom of Religion. He is the author of 31 books in French, of which 15 have been translated into English. Nearly all his books focus on Islam, and he is widely known throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Back in 2004, the U.S. State Department revoked Ramadan's H-1B visa, citing the "ideological exclusion provision" of the U.S. Patriot Act. In 2006, Ramadan was banned from entering the United States because, as the State Department said, "Dr. Ramadan was inadmissible based solely on his actions, which constituted providing material support to a terrorist organization."
According to Judicial Watch, Ramadan "openly supports the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas," and has done work for Iran. His grandfather, Hassan al-Banna, founded the Muslim Brotherhood, according to Judicial Watch and the New York Times.
Despite the Bush State Department's actions against Ramadan, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed special orders in January 2010 to lift the ban on Ramadan and African sociologist Adam Habib.
"As the nation's chief foreign affairs adviser, Clinton exercised her exemption authority to allow Ramadan and South African sociologist Adam Habib, a critic of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, back into the country," said Judicial Watch. "The State Department had repeatedly denied their visa claiming the men present a national security threat."
Clinton did this as part of a plan "to fulfill President Obama's mission of creating a new and improved relationship -- based on mutual interest and mutual respect -- with Muslims around the world," said Judicial Watch.
According to numerous news reports, Ramadan allegedly raped two Muslim women in France -- one incident allegedly occurred in 2009 and the other in 2012. One of the alleged victims is a 40-year-old disabled Muslim convert who claims she was beaten and raped in Lyon. The other woman, Henda Ayari, 41, claims Ramadan raped her in Paris.
The women apparently decided to come forward with their allegations because of the #MeToo movement, which spread to France in 2017, following the many accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Ramadan has denied the allegations by the two women.