Disabled woman who claims she was raped by Tariq Ramadan says he ‘destroyed’ her life


Serial rapist Ramadan is still a great moral example and esteemed Islamic scholar on the left and Muslim world. One of his victims, a disabled woman, claims she was raped by the ex-Oxford professor and accused the Islamic scholar of trying to “destroy her life.”


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Lawyer Abdellah Hatimi, from the Moroccan Association for the Defense of the Independence of Justice, said that “the French justice is not independent and Tariq Ramadan should not remand [sic] in custody since there is no evidence of wrongdoing.”

Background on the long-running Ramadan saga:

First, an accusation this time comes from the United States, where another of his putative victims — a Muslim — has unexpectedly come forward, with charges against him not as yet made public. Apparently, when  the peripatetic lecturer was in the United States, spreading his message of “moderation” from coast to gullible coast, and being lionized as a great Muslim intellectual, delivering his Deep Thoughts on Islamic morality and ethics, he also managed to find the time to impose himself, in his own inimitable fashion, on at least one Muslim victim, who now has found a Muslim lawyer, Rabia Chaudry, to help her, and though the charges have not yet been yet made public, they surely have to do with sexual violence, possibly including rape. One piquant detail: Rabia Chaudry is herself a hijab-wearing militant who has spoken at events sponsored by the ISNA (the Islamic Society of North America), which has been linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, telling audiences not to talk to the FBI. Chaudry has worked on Obama’s CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) program, with the DHS, Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, the MD State Police & DC Metro Police. It’s not certain what her role now is: did she, having heard of this victim, decide that since it would be impossible to protect Ramadan, it would make more sense to very publicly distance herself, and by extension the Muslim American community, from any attempt at defending him, which looks more and more like a a losing proposition?

Second, in France par contre, Ramadan’s supporters have not abandoned him, but have been demanding, outrageously, that the French government immediately “release” Ramadan. Two of the most prominent have been Kamel Katbane, rector of the Grand Mosque of Lyon, and his counterpart at Villeurbanne, Azzedine Gaci. The two officials issued a joint statement on February 21, insisting that Ramadan was a “victim of a political campaign launched against him through media, where subjective accusations overweighed the sacred principle of the ‘presumption of innocence.’” The two rectors added that “the way with which this renowned intellectual, recognized and respected among the Muslim community in France is treated, gives a feeling of injustice and nourishes the idea that he is judged more for his ideas and his commitments than for the facts he is accused of, and on which justice must be able to work on in all serenity.” But Ramadan was for years protected by the French government, despite his outrageous sexual behavior, and it was not the French government that prompted the current investigation of Ramadan but, rather, the testimony of two Muslim women, both admitted admirers of Ramadan, that opened the floodgates of accusation in France, Switzerland, and now the United States.

Third, outside of France there have been organized Muslim efforts to declare solidarity with Ramadan, and outrage — not at his Muslim accusers, who are largely ignored — at the supposed machinations of the French government. (Hugh Fitzgerald)

Lawyer Abdellah Hatimi wants you to believe that the sworn testimony, from two different women, of rape by Ramadan, and their remarkably similar accounts of his extreme violence (including threats both of blackmail and of harm that might come to them or their families if they told anyone) is not “evidence of wrongdoing.” Nor, apparently, is the testimony of two other women in France who have not wished as yet to make their charges public. Nor does Abdellah Hatimi believe that the testimony of four women in Geneva who have charged Ramadan with attempting to seduce them — with varying degrees of success — when he was their teacher in a high school, and they his underage pupils, should be taken into account. Nor does he want to believe the accusations — not yet made public — of the latest person to have come forth, a Muslim from the United States. Finally, he presumably does not believe the hair-raising description of Tariq Ramadan from Bernard Godard, the “Mr. Islam” of the French Ministry of the Interior between 1997 and 2014, who told the French magazine L’Obs that while “he [Ramadan] had many mistresses, that he consulted sites [pornographic sites, presumably, or those where contacts with prostitutes could be made], that girls were brought to the hotel at the end of his lectures, that he invited them to undress, that some resisted and that he could become violent and aggressive yes, but I have never heard of rapes, I am stunned.”

Disabled woman who claims she was raped by an ex-Oxford professor says Islamic scholar ‘destroyed’ her life by penning a book to smear her and ‘hijacked’ her birthday

  • Alleged victim, known as Christelle, has accused former professor, 56, of rape
  • Said Tariq Ramadan, 56, tried to ‘get dirt’ on her in revenge for the rape claim
  • Another alleged rape victim, Henda Ayari, has since gone public with allegations
  • Woman in her 50s has also accused Ramadan and one of his staff of raping her
  • Married Ramadan was professor at Oxford until was forced to take leave in 2017
  • This came when rape allegations surfaced at height of the ‘Me Too’ movement

A disabled woman who claims she was raped by an ex-Oxford professor has accused the Islamic scholar of trying to ‘destroy her life’.

The alleged victim, known by the pseudonym Christelle, is one of two women Tariq Ramadan, 56, is charged with raping.

He was suspended from his post as Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at St Antony’s College after being charged in France with the rape of the disabled woman in 2009 and a feminist activist in 2012.

Now Christelle, who suffers from a bone condition, has said Ramadan has tried to smear her by writing a book naming her 84 times and ‘hijacking’ her birthday for an event to proclaim his innocence.

In her first interview with the UK media, the alleged victim told The Daily Telegraph Ramadan tried to ‘get dirt’ on her to ‘destroy’ her in revenge for her claim he raped her in a Lyon hotel room.

She said: ‘I did try to commit suicide over it. I’m just out from a serious depression.

‘I’ve put on 30 kilos, but today, I want to do something with my life. I have reopened my company. I want to build up projects. I want to live.

‘And this is just unbearable for me. Unbearable. Each time I try to put the head out of the water to stand up again, each time he campaigns in order to destroy me at a social level, economically and with my friends as well.

‘It’s as if to say, “You belong to me, you’re mine. You’re my object. For life, you’re going to be related to me, you’re going to be in my book”.’

In his book, Ramadan described his alleged victims as ‘all liars’ and ‘women who were jealous or who felt cheated and who looked to settle scores after the facts’.

He also accuses French judges of ‘deep hostility’ towards him.

The second woman he is charged with raping, feminist activist Henda Ayari, went public with her accusation he raped her in a Paris hotel room in 2012.

The scholar, who has multiple sclerosism has previously denied charges he raped a disabled woman in 2009 and a feminist activist in 2012

The second woman he is charged with raping, feminist activist Henda Ayari (pictured), went public with her accusation he raped her in a Paris hotel room in 2012

The case against Ramadan was earlier this year expanded when a woman in her 50s claimed he and one of his staff raped her when she went to interview the academic at a hotel in Lyon in May 2014.

The accuser, who filed a criminal complaint in May 2019, also accused Ramadan of issuing ‘threats or acts of intimidation’ to dissuade her from reporting the alleged attack to the police, French judicial sources said.

Ramadan, a married father of four whose grandfather founded Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, was a professor at Oxford University until he was forced to take leave when rape allegations surfaced at the height of the ‘Me Too’ movement in late 2017.

He was previously one of British Foreign Office’s Advisory Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

The scholar, who has multiple sclerosis, has denied charges he raped a disabled woman in 2009 and a feminist activist in 2012.

He was taken into custody in February 2018 and held for nine months before being granted bail.

Ramadan was a Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University (pictured in a file photo). He took leave from his post after the first set of allegations surfaced in 2017

Authorities in Switzerland are also investigating him after receiving a rape complaint in that country.

Prosecutors in Geneva opened a rape and sexual misconduct investigation against the professor.

His lawyer, Emmanuel Marsigny, refused to comment on Sunday on the latest allegations against him in France.

But Ramadan has been adamant from the outset that all the allegations are politically or ideologically motivated.

The woman behind the latest complaint told police Ramadan and a male assistant repeatedly raped her in the professor’s room at the Sofitel hotel in Lyon.

She described the alleged attack as being of ‘untold violence’ and claimed when she threatened to report them to the police Ramadan replied: ‘You don’t know how powerful I am.’

She also claimed Ramadan had contacted her via the Messenger app in January, two months after his release from jail, saying that he wanted to make her an ‘offer’ of a ‘professional nature’, without giving details.

A spokesman for Oxford University, from where Ramadan was asked to take a leave of absence, said the former professor has ‘categorically denied’ the allegations.

It added: ‘The university has consistently acknowledged the gravity of the allegations against Professor Ramadan, while emphasising the importance of fairness and the principles of justice and due process.

‘An agreed leave of absence implies no presumption or acceptance of guilt and allows Professor Ramadan to address the extremely serious allegations against him.’

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