Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan acquitted in Swiss rape trial -court

Swiss academic Tariq Ramadan, wearing a protective face mask, at the Paris courthouse

GENEVA (Reuters) - Swiss academic and Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan has been acquitted of charges of rape and sexual coercion against a woman, under a Geneva court ruling announced on Wednesday.

The charge made by the unnamed Swiss woman, a convert to Islam, related to an alleged incident in a Geneva hotel in 2008. Ramadan had denied the charges.

Ramadan, 60, is a grandson of Hasan al-Banna, an Islamist thinker and activist who founded the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

(Reporting by Emma Farge; editing by Mark Heinrich)