Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of Hassan al Banna, the founder of the terrorist group Muslim Brotherhood (illegal in Syria, Russia and Egypt), has been arrested by French police on suspicion of multiple allegations of rape.
Founded in Egypt in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood was aided by the British Empire in the hope that in funding a group peddling regressive Salafist ideology, its presence in Egypt could retard the progress of stridently anti-imperialist Arab nationalist groups.
Upon leading the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, General Gamal Abdel Nasser faced an insurgency by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) who sought to turn Arabist Egypt into a Salafist state. President Nasser was able to mobilise popular support against the MB and secure his position as the leading Arab Nationalist of the era.
The MB has attempted to establish branches throughout the Arab world. In February of 1982, the Syrian Arab Army crushed an MB led insurgency in the Syrian city of Hama. Today, many FSA terrorists operating in Syria remain allied with the outlawed MB.
While Tariq Ramadan does not formally name himself as a member of the MB, his ties with extremism led him to being banned from entering Mauritania and the United States. In recent months, multiple women have accused him of rape. He is currently being questioned by police in relation to the rape allegations.