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Article published the Saturday 02 July 2011 - Latest update : Saturday 02 July 2011

Guinea's president loth to defend Strauss-Kahn accuser

Guinean President Alpha Condé
AFP/Cellou Diallo

By RFI

Guinea’s President Alpha Condé seemed unenthusiastic about defending Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, after press revelations appeared to undermine her credibility. Although Diallo is a Guinean citizen Condé expressed more sympathy for the ex-IMF chief.

“We are both [himself and Strauss-Kahn] members of the Socialist Party, the French Socialist Party is a member of the Socialist International, so I am very happy for him and I hope his sufferings will not have a lasting effect,” Condé told RFI at the African Union summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, after the latest twist in the sexual assault case.

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But he went on to promise to do what he can for Diallo.

“Obviously, the lady is Guinean. It is the duty of the head of state to defend all Guinean citizens. We will see how we can come to her aid, because Guinea has to defend its children wherever they are. We will see how we can help her.”

Residents of the Guinean capital, Conakry, were overwhelmingly sympathetic to their compatriot, when RFI reporters spoke to them.

“This is money at work” … “The poor are always bullied by the privileged” … “They want to turn this girl into a commodity, while she’s a victim” were typical comments.

tags: Alpha Condé - Dominique Strauss-Kahn - DSK - Guinea - Law - Nafissatou Diallo - Rape - Sexual assault - United States
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No justice in this matter...

The whole DSK episode is sorrid. I believe that the false impression of justice being served by the New York legal system is rotten to the core. The District Attorney Cyrus 'The Virus' Vance is out of his league. The vaunted N.Y.P.D. is a joke in their venomous pursuit of DSK. The American legal system is crumbling as is the entire nation. An accusation as damaging as this one is against DSK still should have merited the 'innocent until proven guilty!' If DSK and his legal team were smart they would push for acquital and counter sue the NYC District Atty's office, the N.Y.P.D., The Hotel Sofitel and issue a stern rebuke of that legendary laughing stock of a Mayor Bloomberg for his unnecessary comments... Also, sell off all US properties and get outta here as soon as possible. I am thoroughly embarrassed by the United States Legal Mafiosi which is truly corrupt and impotent. Fire the lot of these bozos!

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