Tariq Ramadan Still Barred from US, Denies Support for Terrorism

September 25, 2006

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: Reuters


On September 25, 2006 Reuters reported, "A prominent Swiss Muslim intellectual said Monday that the United States government had dropped charges against him of supporting terrorism, but that it had refused to allow him to enter the country. Tariq Ramadan, now an academic at Oxford University, said he had received an official letter effectively clearing him of charges that kept him from taking up a teaching position at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. However, the letter from the United States Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, explained the continued ban by saying he had contributed about $770 to a Palestinian support group, he said. 'This is an ideological exclusion,' he said by telephone from London. 'This is the only way they can justify their decision after two years of investigation.' The State Department confirmed that it had denied Mr. Ramadan a visa, but said it had nothing to do with his views."