French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo said Monday that it was pressing charges after receiving fresh death threats over a cartoon of the extremist Islamic scholar, Tariq Ramadan, who faces rape allegations. The magazine depicted Ramadan, grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder and every bit as radical, with a huge erection in its recent edition.
The Local The provocative magazine, which suffered a deadly jihadist attack in 2015, which killed 12 staffers, after publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, depicted Ramadan with a huge erection in its edition last Wednesday, saying: “I am the sixth pillar of Islam.” “Rape,” reads the caption on Charlie Hebdo’s cover. “The defence of TariqRamadan.”
The five pillars of Islam are the five basic practices obligatory for believers: faith, prayer, charity, fasting, and the pilgrimage to Mecca. A minority of Sunni scholars considers jihad — or holy struggle, which can have different meanings — to be the sixth pillar of Islam.
The Swiss academic, an Oxford professor and conservative Islamic intellectual in France, has been accused of rape by two women after the Harvey Weinstein scandal unleashed a wave of sexual abuse accusations worldwide.
Henda Ayari has accused Islamic scholar Ramadan, the grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood founder of raping and sexually assaulting her in a Paris hotel room in 2012. Henda Ayari is the Tunisian-Algerian author currently leads Libératrices, a charity that supports women who suffer violence and are subjugated by Islamic extremism.
Ayari, 40, recently authored a book under the title “I chose to be free” about her escape from Salafism in France.
Ramadan, 55, has furiously denied the accusations as a “campaign of lies launched by my adversaries”.
Laurent “Riss” Sourisseau, the magazine’s editor, said the threats and hate mail had “never really stopped” after the January 2015 jihadist attack in which 12 people were gunned down at its offices.
The shooting at Charlie Hebdo was claimed by Al-Qaeda, with the jihadists notably seeking to punish the staunchly atheist magazine for printing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed, forbidden in Islam. The attack was the first in a wave of jihadist attacks in France over the past two years that have left more than 240 people dead.
Today, the Paris prosecutor’s office opened a police inquiry into the death threat claim, a judicial source said. That probe will look into ‘written death threats’ and ‘public glorification of an act of terrorism,’ the source said.
h/t Vlad Tepesblog
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