Dutch city rules that Tariq Ramadan is not homophobic

The city of Rotterdam has exonerated Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan in an investigation over alleged misogynistic and homophobic statements he made in tapes aimed at immigrants. The city said that it will still retain Ramadan as an advisor to build bridges between its immigrant communities.

Last month, a local newspaper called ‘Gay Krant’ geared towards the gay community, accused Ramadan of making comments denigrating women and homosexuals. Ramadan dismissed the accusations as slander. Rotterdam has since carried out its own investigation, saying that Gay Krant’s reporting was inaccurate, and Ramadan’s contract with the city as a liaison will be extended for another two years.