Change of lawyers, petition and trench warfare on the social networks, the swiss scholar Tariq Ramadan has intensified in recent weeks, his defense. Under the stroke of five indictments for rape in France and Switzerland, the theologian who refutes his accusations will now be assisted by two lawyers with expertise in discrimination, Me Nabila Asmane and Me Ouadie Elhamamouchi, installed in Seine-Saint-Denis.
The moroccan site Yalibadi, Me Elahmamouchi said that the theologian had not received the same media treatment that Gérald Darmanin, Nicolas Hulot, Luc Besson..." without pronouncing, however, on any possible grounds islamophobic about Tariq Ramadan.
Since February of 2018, the swiss scholar was defended by a tenor of the bar of paris, Me Emmanuel Marsigny, very offensive in the media. For the moment, the theologian has not explained his new choice. However, his line of defence seems to be focusing more and more on the issue of islamophobia, Ramadan, believing undergo a relentlessly racist on the part of French justice.
At the end of April, a petition addressed to the keeper of the Seals, Nicole Belloubet, called for the arrest of the prosecution of the theologian, involving magistrates in charge of the case. The appeal was signed by academics, internationally recognized such as the canadian philosopher Charles Taylor or the islamologist american John Esposito and activists like the French Houria Bouteldja, spokesperson of the Party of the indigenous of the Republic (PIR).
Anyway, the case of Ramadan has created a poisonous climate, leading to a high level of violence on the social networks. The few statements of the intellectual " calling for calm, including to his release from detention in November 2018, have not been followed. The complainants continue to suffer insults and threats, and the lawyers involved in the case.
In the outskirts of Rouen (Seine-Maritime), Henda Ayari, the first woman to have filed a complaint against the preacher , according to his testimony, been insulted and attacked on may 6 at the output of a large surface area. "A vehicle at a brisk pace, came in my direction, I thought he was going to beat me", says the forty-something woman out in the notice of the filing of his complaint that Release has been able to consult.
Once arrived at its height, the individual allegedly threatened him, saying : "You think I haven't recognized big bitch [ ... ], I'll adjust your account." Arrested and placed in custody the next day, the aggressor has been punished with a reminder of the law. "It has been two and a half years that my client is taking part physically, "says to Release Me Jonas, Hadad, one of the lawyers of Henda Ayari. Harassment is not confined to social networks."
Author of a biography (Tariq Ramadan, the story of an imposture) published in January, the journalist Ian Hamel is, at this time, one of the favorite targets of the supporters of Tariq Ramadan. He is very violently attacked in a blog post released on may 7 by Mediapart. "Ian Hamel is neither a journalist nor a reporter, he's lying deliberately, and appears in the folder Tariq Ramadan, among others, as an instigator", the author writes of our blog who take shelter behind the pseudonym Marianne France.
The corresponding Point in Switzerland, the journalist has written numerous articles on family Ramadan is still important networks to Geneva. The lawyers weekly, according to information gathered by Release, have asked Mediapart to remove the text.
In the judicial side, the case is still under investigation in regards to the rape accusations and indictments, of which Tariq Ramadan is the object. However, the preacher is summoned on June 24 at the judicial court of Paris, at the request of the public prosecutor. In his book Duty of truth, published 11 September, he mentioned 84 times in the real name of "Christelle", the second complainant, which cannot be made without the written agreement of the victim, according to the law on the freedom of the press of 29 July 1881.
For his part, the theologian, placed under judicial supervision with a prohibition to leave French territory, remained active on the social networks. During the pandemic of the Covid-19, installed in Seine-Saint-Denis, he was the light of chronic containment. His usual network of mosques, often related to Muslims in France (the ex-UOIF), the French branch of the muslim brotherhood has ceased to invite him to give lectures. Apart from A few rare personalities such as the islamic scholar, François Burgat, the swiss scholar has lost most of its supports.