Tariq Ra­madan changes his story after tech ex­perts leak text mes­sages

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New text mes­sages re­vealed by the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into rape claims against Tariq Ra­madan have led to the aca­demic chang­ing his story to French au­thor­i­ties.

The Ox­ford Is­lamic Stud­ies pro­fes­sor is in cus­tody ac­cused of rap­ing two women in ho­tel rooms. He has de­nied the charges.

Mr Ra­madan, 56, orig­i­nally told French po­lice that he had not had sex­ual con­tact with ei­ther fem­i­nist ac­tivist Henda Ayari or the woman re­ferred to as “Chris­telle”.

But his story has changed after the dis­cov­ery of the text mes­sages.

The women came for­ward after the start of the MeToo move­ment. Ms Ayari says she was raped in the spring of 2012 in Paris, and Chris­telle’s claims she was raped and beaten in Lyon in 2009.

The mes­sages showed “that the plain­tiffs lied and that the sex­ual en­coun­ters were wanted, con­sen­sual and even sought again af­ter­wards”, Mr Ra­madan’s lawyer, Em­manuel Mar­signy, said last week.

Mr Ra­madan has since ad­mit­ted “that he had sex­ual re­la­tions” with the women.

French in­ves­ti­ga­tors found 399 text mes­sages be­tween Ra­madan and Chris­telle, sent be­tween Au­gust 31 and De­cem­ber 15, 2009.

A leaked re­port com­piled by the in­ves­ti­ga­tion’s IT ex­perts showed that he sent Chris­telle a mes­sage after the al­leged in­ci­dent read­ing: “I sensed your un­ease. Apolo­gies for my ‘vi­o­lence’.”

“For 11 months, Tariq Ra­madan has lied, and all that time he was call­ing the com­plainants liars and tak­ing the judges to task,” Chris­telle’s lawyer Eric Mo­rain said.

“His gam­ble, and it was a failed gam­ble, was to think it would be im­pos­si­ble for us to prove our case. His gam­ble was that my client wouldn’t be be­lieved.”

Mr Ra­madan is also the sub­ject of a rape ac­cu­sa­tion in his na­tive Switzer­land by a woman who claims she was at­tacked in a Geneva ho­tel.

French in­ves­ti­ga­tors found 399 text mes­sages be­tween Ra­madan and one of his ac­cusers


Swiss aca­demic Tariq Ra­madan has ad­mit­ted to hav­ing re­la­tions with two women who ac­cused him of rape

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