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Us Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Tuesday, 23 August 2011
     

As this web site reported almost a month ago, Dominique Strauss-Kahn's accuser was found to have lied in her allegations against the former French Presidential candidate.The prosecutor said, "She was untruthful to us in virtually every conceivable way."

Prosecutors were forced to admit that Nafissatou Diallo was known to have made false allegations of rape before, and was there was evidence that she was financially motivated to make this allegation.

The charges were entirely baseless, and raise serious questions about the New York prosecution offices credibility and conduct.

That the two had a liaison was never disputed, but it was clear from the outset that the maid and suspected prostitute had lied about the circumstances to fabricate a disgusting deception in order to extort money from the then head of the IMF. The allegation immediately stank of a scam, in that such a senior figure, expected to be the main candidate for the French presidency later this year would risk his reputation, candidacy and status by such a violent act as was alleged.

Initial suspicions at the implausibility of the allegation, were quickly confirmed when it became apparent that she had carried on with her day job as a hotel maid, cleaning two rooms, including the "crime scene", before deciding to make the allegation. It was later revealed that before making her claim of rape to the police, she had a long conversation with a imprisoned drug dealer and suspected pimp, about how much money she might make if she made such a claim. Further investigation quickly revealed that she had made such false allegations before, and had received £62,000 into her bank account shortly before the allegations, which cannot be explained through any legal and legitimate means.

Despite the overwhelming evidence that her claims were a scam, and reports that she regularly received men purportedly providing sexual favours for money, including in the hotel accommodation that the prosecutors had provided her with, the prosecutors took the highly unusual step of stopping an scheduled flight in order to arrest a respected 62 year old senior official in the world economy without any evidence of any wrong doing. They then opposed bail, demanding a huge surety of $1 million dollars, and insisting on house arrest under an armed guard, and with a humiliating and unnecessary electronic tag. Where was such a prominent public figure with such grand ambitions expected to go?

All of this just before the French Presidential election, clearly seems very convenient for the incumbent French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who was widely expected to lose to Dominique Strauss-Kahn. It seems entirely plausible that the arrest was politically motivated, and raises question of corruption, and political interference in the French elections.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's position was made untenable and he was forced to step down as head of the IMF, again, a highly suspicious abuse of the judicial system to meddle with the international economic establishment. The conduct of the French government and the new leadership of the IMF will be sure to be subject to incredible scrutiny over the next few years, to see if they support US policies, or are in anyway more sympathetic than Dominique Strauss-Kahn might have been expected to be.

Since Dominique Strauss-Kahn's dramatic and high profile arrest, the alleged victim has changed her account a number of times, further undermining her evidence, but it is only now that the prosecutors have formally asked for their baseless charges to be dropped.

Regardless of his innocence for the crime alleged, Dominique Strauss-Kahn's reputation will remain in tatters, both tarnished by the false allegations, and compromise by his admission that he had cheated on his long suffering wife, and not for the first time. The charges being dropped are unlikely to clear the path for him to return to the presidential race, and he certainly won't be getting his position at the IMF back. Clearly, any political aims have been achieved, and the lack of a prosecution will do nothing to undermine that.

However, the there are millions more victims to this abuse of the legal system. Rape is a very serious crime, and difficult to prove. Where someone has suffered such a violation it can be very traumatic and emotionally disturbing. It normally destroys the victim's confidence, and will affect them for many years, if not for life, and even if the perpetrator is caught and convicted, often after a traumatic trial which compounds the injury to the victim, this does little to end the victim's suffering. Every false allegation, makes it easier for perpetrators to undermine their witnesses testimony and for others to doubt their account.

Despite being exposed as a liar and serial maker of false rape claims, Nafissatou Diallo is still intending to make a civil claim against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

 

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