On September 16, another shoe dropped. A Swiss woman (and a Muslim), not one of his former students, had accused Ramadan in April of rape and assault. After five months of investigation, a Geneva prosecutor considered the complaint to be sufficiently serious to open another, criminal, investigation against Ramadan in early September, the Tribune de Genève newspaper revealed. The Geneva Attorney General’s Office has now upheld the charges of rape and sexual coercion.
This must have filled Ramadan’s supporters with despair. After the debacle with “Marie,” who was judged to not be sufficiently credible an accuser, they had triumphantly predicted that the other charges would be exposed as part of an islamophobic frame-up, and their hero would soon be freed. But not only have the previous charges by Henda Ayari and “Christelle” in France continued to stand up against attack by Ramadan’s lawyers, but the Swiss woman’s claims were also upheld by the Attorney General of Geneva.
On October 22, after having denied for months any sexual contact with either Henda Ayari or “Christelle,” Tariq Ramadan finally admitted that he had been lying, that he had had sexual relations with both women, but — he claimed — it had all been “consensual.” The final report of the French judges has yet to be released; we shall find out if they found believable his claim that all that violence — the beatings, the humiliating sexual acts each was forced to perform, his grabbing them by the throat and choking them nearly to death, his urinating on “Christine” — was consensual.