Ramadan refutes allegations
Pipes: Ahmed Brahim, an Algerian indicted for Al-Qaeda activities, had "routine contacts" with Mr. Ramadan, according to a Spanish judge (Baltasar Garzon) in 1999.
Ramadan: I was asked about contacts with this individual last year and I unequivocally denied ever meeting or speaking to him. Frederic Chambon, a reporter for the French daily newspaper, Le Monde, investigated these allegations and on December 23, 2003, put his findings in a full page report about my work. Since Ahmad Brahim was in jail, in this report his daughter, having asked her father about it, confirmed that he "did not have phone contacts" with me. Furthermore, the Swiss and French intelligence services were quoted in the same article stating "Tariq Ramadan has never appeared in one of our files."
Pipes: Djamel Beghal, leader of a group accused of planning to attack the American embassy in Paris, stated in his 2001 trial that he had studied with Mr. Ramadan.
Ramadan: When Djamel Beghal was first arrested in Dubai, he claimed that in 1994 he attended my course and wrote my speeches; he changed his story when he was extradited to Paris and only claimed to have attended the course in 1994 but did not write the speeches, which too was inaccurate since my courses did not start until 1997. In the investigative reporting referenced above, Frederic Chambon asked Beghal, through his lawyer, about his contact with me or the influence I might have had on his education, Benghal responded that he had no personal contact and "only attended lectures and that had no influence on his religious route."
Pipes: Along with nearly all Islamists, Mr. Ramadan has denied that there is "any certain proof" that Bin Laden was behind 9/11.
Ramadan: Once again Mr. Pipes distorts the facts by selective references that leaves out context. My post 9/11 stance is clear. Immediatly after these attrocities, on September 13, 2001, I put out an open letter to Muslims and fellow citizens. I called for Muslims to unequivocally condemn these acts and said to them: "Don't hide yourself behind the conspiracy theory: Even if we don't know who did it, you know as I know that some Muslims can use Islam to justify killing an American, a Jew or a Christian only because he/she is an American, a Jew or a Christian; you have to condemn them and to condemn these attacks." On September 20, when investigations were still ongoing and the world was discussing who might be behind it, I responded in the article cited by Mr. Pipes as evidence for his accusation and in it I said "Until now, the investigators did not bring a final and clear evidence of his culpability. The probability is large, but some questions remain unanswered...But whoever they are, Bin Laden or others, it is necessary to find them and that they be judged." When the investigations were further along in October, my response to Time Magazine was very clear: We should condemn Bin Laden's statement and actions. Fairness would demand that Mr. Pipes put my statement in the context of discussions of the time, and not to present it as my final stance on the matter.