Alleged rapist allowed to publish book which reveals accusers name

Swiss Muslim intellectual and professor, Tariq Ramadan, speaks on March 4, 2012 during a conference focused on "Muslims of France and the electoral speculation" in Nanterre, in the western suburbs of Paris. Tariq Ramadan condemned today comments of French Interior Minister Claude Gueant, a hardliner close to President Nicolas Sarkozy, who said on March 2, 2012 'racist' remarks for the second time in a month. His latest comments came as the FN's presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is credited with between 16 and 20 percent support in opinion polls. AFP PHOTO / MEHDI FEDOUACH (Photo credit should read MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)

Swiss Muslim intellectual Tariq Ramadan has faced multiple rape allegations (Picture: AFP)

French authorities have allowed the release of an academics book despite it outing a woman who has accused him of raping her.

Tariq Ramadan, a prominent Islamic scholar, was forced to take a leave of absence from the University of Oxford after two women filed rape charges against him in in 2017.

He spent nine months in custody in France last year before gaining conditional release and denied all charges against him.

The academic has since used his freedom to pen a book about the accusations, which surfaced in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

One of his accusers, a disabled woman known in the media as Christelle, asked a court to block the books release, alleging it breaks a ban against revealing her identity.

But the Paris court refused her request, ruling that her identity was already publicly known.



It was also said her demand would be an excessive and disproportionate attack on Ramadans freedom of speech.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by PATRICK GELY/SIPA/REX (10407139h) Basil Ader, lawyer for the plaintiff known as Christelle Attempt to block publication of a new book by Tariq Ramadan, Paris, France - 10 Sep 2019 A woman who has accused Tariq Ramadan of rape has asked a French court to block publication of a new book 'Duty of Truth'. Eric Morain, a lawyer for a woman known as Christelle who accused Mr Ramadan of raping her in 2009, said he had revealed her identity in the book. Mr Ramadan, grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood has portrayed himself as victim of a political witchhunt and likened his situation to the Dreyfus Affair. Mr Ramadan has been indicted on two charges of rape and faces accusations from at least two other women. While the authorities investigate the case, he has been suspended from his professor's post at Oxford University.

A lawyer for the plaintiff known as Christelle, who attempted to block the books publication (Picture: Rex Features)

The court accepted that damage would be done to Christelle if her real name was published, and ruled Ramadan must pay her a symbolic single Euro.

A ruling in her favour could have lumped the Swiss scholar with a fine of up to €15,000.

Christelles case did not seek to ban the book outright, but rather force him to remove her real name from the book.

Her lawyer, Eric Morain, said: All media organisations have respected the law. Tariq Ramadan must respect it too.

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

Swiss Muslim intellectual and professor Tariq Ramadan speaks during the yearly meeting of French Muslims organized by the Union of Islamic Organisations of France (UOIF) in Le Bourget, outside Paris, on April 7, 2012. The 29th edition of the event runs until April 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

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