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Tariq Ramadan’s UK defenders cite, “rock solid faith that Ramadan is innocent of the accusations of rape.”

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Rape Charges a “stitch up” says 5Pillars interviewee. 

This has just appeared:

CAGE:  The trial by media of Professor Tariq Ramadan erodes the presumption of innocence

In all cases of serious sexual assault it is fundamental that the rights of all parties are protected. All efforts must be made to safeguard the interests of victims particularly when the perpetrator is a well know personality. However, the requirement for due process also enshrines the right to a fair hearing. These are basic universal principles that underline the work of CAGE.

 it is undermining to the interests of justice to use the case of Professor Ramadan as a tool to fan the flames of Islamophobia and play into the dog whistle politics of the far right.

Furthermore,

Moazzam Begg, Outreach Director for CAGE, said:

“CAGE is deeply concerned about the role of those engaged in instigating and perpetuating anti-Muslim sentiments based on the political and religious views of Professor Ramadan in France and beyond.”

“It is important for the legal process to arrive at a fair and just conclusion for all concerned. However, recent and past history shows us that governments are capable of hijacking the very serious issue of sexual offence in order to further smear campaigns against individuals who they perceive to have influence on the public discourse, especially on matters pertaining to civil rights, political dissent, community empowerment, whistleblowing and resisting government overreach.”

Perhaps CAGE is arguing that Vanity Fair should not have published this harrowing account Tariq Ramadan : le récit de celle qui a fait basculer l’affaire (2.2.18)

Or that they simply should not be allowed to print these claims – something one can see desolating the rights of the accusers in another well-known case, of Harvey Weinstein.

Perhaps people should be prevented from drawing comparisons between Ramadan’s public role as an advocate for Islam and his positions, such as  director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE), and these accusations.

Or compare the charges with his writings, such as this, in one of his favourite vehicles, the Guardian,

Islamic literature is full of injunctions about the centrality of an education based on ethics and proper ends. Individual responsibility, when it comes to communicating, learning and teaching is central to the Islamic message. Muslims are expected to be “witnesses to their message before people”, which means speaking in a decent way, preventing cheating and corruption, and respecting the environment. Integrity in politics and the rejection of usurious speculation in economics are principles that are pushing Muslim citizens and scholars to explore new avenues that bring public life and interpersonal ethics together.

Islam’s role in an ethical society 

Few will have missed that there is no concern by CAGE in the above statement for the (alleged) victims,. who have to be placed under police protection after threats from Ramadan supporters.

This by contrast shows how he bullied and his friends continue to bully his accusers.

From the same camp  there is not even the hint of a qualm  about the  presumption of innocence from 5 Pillars in this piece.

Journalist Hafsa Kara-Mustapha explains why she doesn’t believe the accusations of rape levelled against the prominent Muslim academic Tariq Ramadan.

It feels odd to write about Tariq Ramadan and his accusations of rape, mainly because I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of the Muslim academic.

I never adhered to his views on the need to structure a “European Islamic identity,” and I find his political stance naïve at best and above all his faith in “Western led human rights” in the light of the disasters in Iraq, Libya and of course Palestine.

That said, I write with the rock solid faith that Ramadan is innocent of the accusations of rape he now faces. I certainly don’t believe the man to be perfect or infallible, no mere human is, but I am all too familiar with France, French society and French racism so I recognise a stitch-up when I see one.

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Attempts to silence the Swiss-born theologian had been made ever since he emerged as a fierce critic of both Israel and Neo-conservative Zionist politics in the Middle East.

Consistently referred to as at the “Muslim thinker” he once engaged a panel of prominent Jewish intellectuals on French TV who were staunch advocates of Bush’s war in Iraq. When he reciprocated to their “Muslim” remark by pointing to their Jewishness, France gasped in stupor and accusations of “antisemitism” duly ensued.

Of course the word “antisemitism” has now been emptied of all its meaning and is merely a political tool used by pro-Israel supporters to silence critics of the colonial entity. Nevertheless, that powerful word used in Britain as well to destroy political careers, is the one that puts all Palestine supporters on the slippery slope of destruction.

Tariq Ramadan did not help his case when he publically denounced the deeply offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad by Charlie Hebdo. Asked to back down from his criticism after the editorial team of the controversial magazine was gunned down, Ramadan confronted his critics maintaining that there was no humour or honour in making crass drawings whose sole purpose was to offend and humiliate a community.

In this climate it’s difficult to imagine a prominent Muslim benefiting from a fair trial or even a fair investigation. We have come to recognise that the US legal system simply won’t deliever a fair verdict for a black person accused of crime, in France the same can be expected for a Muslim.

The far-right Islamist site also publishes this,

Tariq Ramadan charged with rape as supporters continue to back him

Meanwhile, more than 24,000 people have signed a letter to express their full support for Tariq Ramadan, who has a huge following among Muslims in the francophone and anglophone world especially.

The letter says: “Over and above the presumption of innocence to which Tariq Ramadan, like everyone else, is entitled, we support him because such a stance is dictated by our religious and/or ethical principles. It is unthinkable that we withdraw our esteem and our confidence following accusations that are highly questionable at best…

“We express our support for Professor Ramadan because we, like most people, have seen that the accusations leveled against him are now being treated by a section of the French political and media establishment as guilty verdicts.

“The same accusations are part of an ongoing campaign that has attempted to demonise him ever since the beginning of his involvement as an intellectual and an activist in the early 1990s.

“Professor Ramadan and his ideas have never left people indifferent. But instead of confronting him in open debate, his ideological and political opponents have unfailingly used the most underhanded methods to discredit him as a Muslim intellectual and to discredit his thought.”

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Written by Andrew Coates

February 6, 2018 at 1:21 pm

Leading the Charge Against Sara Khan: Islamist Azad Ali, MEND and CAGE.

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Islamists Leading Campaign against Sara Khan. 

Azad Ali is an Islamist, who has indulged himself in the past in violent rhetoric.

He is now the leader of Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND), the self-appointed group in pole position in the charge against Sara Khan and her nomination as head of the Anti-extremism Commission, or the Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism.

This is a report on him from April 2017.

Azad Ali has been appointed to lead the Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) organization, which lobbies MPs, the police, councils, teachers, and related groups on anti-Muslim prejudice.

Ali lost a libel case brought against the Mail newspapers in 2010. He had objected to being branded what he termed “a hardline Islamic extremist who supports the killing of British and American soldiers in Iraq by fellow Muslims as justified.

RT (Russia Today) continues,

Azad Ali was criticized for his response to the March 22 Westminster attack.

In a Facebook post, he denied it had been an act of terrorism, insisting that it was “an incident we now know to be a lone wolf act.”

His legal representatives Carter-Ruck law firm have since said their client was referring to the meaning of terrorism as an organized attack by established groups.

They said that their client thought the Westminster attack, in which five people including the attacker Khalid Masood and a police officer died, was barbarous and unjustifiable.

There is plenty of previous in this individual’s background, (Wikipedia)

“In 2010 Andrew Gilligan produced a Dispatches documentary focused on the Islamic Forum of Europe. An undercover reported followed Ali for 8 months[6] and recorded a live IFE radio show where they showed Ali saying “Democracy, if it means at the expense of not implementing the sharia, of course no one agrees with that.”[18] Ali subsequently claimed that the quote was taken out of context and portrayed as though it was his opinion of democracy in non-Muslim countries. “The comment was in response to a caller who asked a question about democracy in a Muslim majority country and whether I support it. I answered yes of course and I gave the example of how some of the Muslim rulers were elected in history. The caller then asked would people, that is Muslim people in a Muslim majority country accept democracy if it didn’t implement shari’ah – to which I answered of course they wouldn’t.”[6]

Ali later attacked the undercover reporter on the IFE’s official radio station, saying: “We’ve got a picture of you and a lot more than you thought we had. We’ve tracked you down to different places. And if people are gonna turn what I’ve just said into a threat, that’s their fault, innit?

Apparently he is also “Vice chair” of something called Unite Against Fascism  – a very unifying figure no doubt.

He also has ties to CAGE, (Wikipedia), another group with plenty of previous:

In an interview featured in Episode 5 of Julian Assange‘s World Tomorrow broadcast by RT on 15 May 2012, representatives of Cage Moazzam Begg and Asim Qureshi expressed support for the principle of creating an Islamic caliphate, including precise implementation of Sharia law. During the interview Qureshi expressed support for the principle of death by stoning for adultery and other death penalties prescribed by Islamic law “as long as all due process elements are met”.[45] In a 2015 interview on BBC This Week, Andrew Neil repeatedly asked Cage Research Director Asim Qureshi to clarify their position on Sharia law and Qureshi again refused to condemn stoning to death for adulterers.

CAGE tweeted this yesterday

CAGE is actively engaged in denying the reality of genocidal Islamist groups such as Daesh.

It thinks it’s all a matter of the invention of an ‘Other’.

Ali is, nobody will surprised to hear, a leading  campaigner against Sara Khan,

 

 

 

Written by Andrew Coates

January 27, 2018 at 5:25 pm