Tariq Ramadan’s health “has deteriorated” while in custody

Professor Tariq Ramadan

French media is reporting that Professor Tariq Ramadan’s health has greatly deteriorated since he has been in custody.

Ramadan, who is reported to be suffering from multiple sclerosis and another unidentified disease, has been incarcerated since February 1 in Fleury-Mérogis prison in Paris since his indictment for “rape” and “rape on a vulnerable person.”

Ramadan has not yet received any visits in prison because the three judges in charge of his case have not issued the necessary permits allowing this.

Due to his ill health the academic will be brought by ambulance to a court today as part of his appeal against the decision dismissing his application for release.

According to reports, doctors say that the 55-year-old cannot be properly treated in prison so have recommend that he be transported under medical escort.

However, the judge considers that the state of his health is not incompatible with imprisonment and that there is a “theoretical risk” of pressure being applied on his alleged victims or witnesses.

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