I have been acquainted with scholar and activist Dr Tariq Ramadan, who is presently a Professor at Oxford University, since my own university days more than ten years ago.
I was active in the Federation of Students Islamic Societies of UK and Ireland (FOSIS) and Dr Ramadan articulated a consistent and coherent vision of being a committed Muslim at ease with a diverse modern world. Since then I have read his books and kept up with his talks.
His views have earned him critics from reactionary Muslims, as well as anti-Muslim segments in the West.
Dr Ramadan has now been hurled with wild accusations in France. He voluntarily cooperated with the the investigation and yet was held in custody before any decision whether the case should go to trial has been made. It has now been revealed that he is being hospitalised for an illness while under custody.
Both Dr Ramadan and his accusers will have their day in court. The basic principle of justice – presumption of innocence must be maintained.
Any trial should be conducted fairly according to due process. The media should stop its trial by media and report on the case fairly.
Tariq Ramadan must be freed immediately.
NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD
PAKATAN HARAPAN YOUTH LEADER
PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT YOUTH LEADER