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Islamologist Tariq Ramadan indicted for rape of a fifth woman

Already prosecuted for rapes on four women, Tariq Ramadan was indicted Thursday, October 22, this time for rapes dating back to 2013-2014 denounced by one of his first accusers, Mounia Rabbouj, AFP learned from lawyers of the Islamologist.

This indictment had been requested in the spring of 2018 by the Paris prosecutor’s office, but the judges had so far suspended their decision on the case of this former escort-girl. His testimony at the time had led Tariq Ramadan, then detained, to admit for the first time extra-marital relations, according to him “consented”.

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A formal indictment for his lawyers

“There is no new element” in the survey for two years, “It is a formal indictment to be able to organize the confrontation soon”, commented the defense lawyers, Mes Nabila Asmane, Ouadie El Hamamouchi and Philippe Ohayon, at the end of the interrogation at the Paris court.

“It is not the word of Tariq Ramadan against that of this woman, it is this woman against her own serious and concordant lies”, they added.

For counsel for the complainant, “It’s obviously a satisfaction” and one “Strong turn”. “The investigations have shown how much the word of my client was as reliable as it was constant”, reacted Me Eric Morain.

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“The code of criminal procedure does not recognize formal indictments: only serious and consistent clues, which the judges have now fully observed”, he retorted.

Complainant claims she was raped nine times

The testimony of Mounia Rabbouj, known to have been the protagonist of the so-called Carlton procuring for procuring, alongside former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, played an important role in the affair.

This 47-year-old woman had filed a complaint in March 2018 against the Muslim intellectual, accusing him of having raped her nine times in France, London and Brussels, from 2013 to 2014. Tariq Ramadan, 58, was then imprisoned since his indictment on February 2, 2018 for the rapes denounced by two first accusers.

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Forced by Mounia Rabbouj’s story, the Islamologist admitted, on June 5, 2018, adulterous relations with this woman and former mistresses who testified. He had submitted more than 300 videos and more than 1,000 photos to convince the judges that it was a consensual relationship, and the magistrates had not then indicted him.

Recently lightened judicial review

A third and a fourth indictment, for suspicion of rape on two other women in 2015 and 2016, were pronounced last February against the Islamologist.

His judicial control was recently lightened, with a score twice a month at the police station, and the authorization to comply with summons from the Swiss justice. A rape procedure, parallel to the French procedure, has been open in Geneva since 2018.

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