Henda Ayari, the first woman who came forward against Swiss Islamist thinker Tariq Ramadan on rape allegations, has been was placed under police protection after receiving death threats and insults, her lawyer said on Wednesday.
According to the lawyer, the former Salafist-turned-secular feminist has been harassed for nearly a month via messages on Facebook and Twitter, her answering machine, and by people who come ringing at her home.
“This is not trivial, these facts are punishable by three years of imprisonment, it must stop,” Jonas Haddad, Ayari’s lawyer, said.
Rouen prosecutor Pascal Prache confirmed the complaint and presence of death threats and said that the investigations are ongoing.
In her complaint, Ayari mentions the fact that she was called a “whore, paid by the Jews and the Zionists”.
Ramadan is currently under investigation in Paris for “rape, sexual assault, violence and death threats” against two women, including Ayari.