Henda Ayari

Tariq Ramadan case: What did Henda Ayari say to the judges?

From LeMuslimPost


Obviously, the judges read Henda Ayari’s book, “I chose to be free,” which was added to the case file.

Heard on May 15 in Paris, after refusing a direct confrontation with Tariq Ramadan, Henda Ayari was questioned for an entire day about her life.

In the middle of the morning, she arrived in front of the judges and the complainant went through her “life story” and her “curriculum vitae” at the request of the court. An exchange that LeMuslimPost consulted.

For example, Henda Ayari described her conflictual relationships with her parents, her brothers, but also her ex-husband and her children. An exchange filled with tears at the mention of her youth.

Henda Ayari recalled that her ex-husband had become her “worst enemy”, evoked the existence, hitherto hidden, of a sister who was “like her daughter” but with whom she finally ” broke contact “, or described some of her ” depressive episodes “that brought her to a psychologist’s couch.


A surprising game of question and answer, far from the subject that interested the judges. It was not until the end of the day that a judge asked a very first question on the Tariq Ramadan case.

Talking about a meeting with the Islamologist, Henda Ayari says she started talking to Tariq Ramadan “in 2010.” “I contacted him on Facebook. I was looking for solutions to get better,” says the complainant.

Tariq Ramadan, she continues, “was like a spiritual guide. But when she recovered custody of her children, Henda Ayari believed she “did not have the need to exchange with Tariq Ramadan.”

The meeting and the alleged rape, however, would take place after Henda Ayari has recovered custody of her children.

The judge describes an exchange between Tariq Ramadan and Henda Ayari about a photo posted by the complainant on social media at the end of April 2012.

He then points to “a contradiction between the estimated date of the facts and this text. Because Henda Ayari has always claimed to have been raped by Tariq Ramadan on the sidelines of the UOIF congress, ie. in early April of that year, “between March 31 and April 8” according to Henda Ayari’s former lawyers.

She had also explained to the police that the exchange about this profile picture was dated “early 2012.” A contradiction in the dates that surprised the judges, who have not yet focused on it.


This was followed by exchanges between the complainant and the judges about the time when Henda Ayari began to talk to Tariq Ramadan.

The judges then question Henda Ayari about her remarks to the 2nd DPJ on October 25: she said she was expecting “a romantic moment” by going to this meeting with Tariq Ramadan. “I was hoping maybe to please him,” says the complainant.

In another question about the complainant’s personality, the judge pointed out to Henda Ayari that she claimed to be “seductive” and that this is “at odds” with her culture and her relationship to her religion described earlier. Henda Ayari then evokes “an important lack of affection” before speaking of a psychoanalysis.

After eight hours, the facts that Henda Ayari accuses Tariq Ramadan will have only been discussed on the surface, the judge asking only about fifteen questions on the case itself.

After a day spent talking about Henda Ayari’s book, the judges decided to hold an upcoming hearing with the complainant on May 24.

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