Brother of Strauss-Kahn's accuser defends his sister
The brother of a Guinean hotel maid accusing ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault in New York, on Friday rejected claims his sister could be involved in criminal activities.
The New York Times on Thursday published a report citing two law enforcement officials close to the case, saying the 32-year-old housekeeper had repeatedly lied to prosecutors and may be involved in drug dealing and money laundering.
"I categorically deny the accusations against my sister on her alleged involvement in drug dealing and money laundering," Mamadou Dian Diallo told AFP and French international radio in Conakry, the Guinean capital.
"This is untrue. We are the descendants of very religious Muslim scholars, we cannot let ourselves get carried away by the easy gain of money."
The older brother of Strauss-Kahn's accuser said she had even refused to sell cigarettes with him about a decade ago when he opened a cafe in the city.
"Let us not be distracted by false arguments. We know it is a fight between David and Goliath, between the rich and the poor young woman from a poor family, a poor country, but the truth will come out one day," he said.
"The decade she spent away from her family will not change her. She is a decent girl who does not have an extreme taste for money. She works only so that she does not have to beg, to feed and provide for her only daughter."
The Times article indicated the case against Strauss-Kahn was on the verge of collapse and the prominent French politician, who resigned from his post in the wake of the accusations, was due in court Friday for a surprise hearing.
© 2011 AFP