Strauss-Kahn accuser to file complaint in France: lawyer
The hotel maid who has accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault in New York plans to file a complaint in France against an official for attempting to suborn a witness, her lawyer said Monday.
Nafissatou Diallo's defence team is to lodge a complaint Tuesday against a deputy mayor in Sarcelles, near Paris, accusing the official of pressuring a woman who claims to have had a liaison with Strauss-Kahn not to give testimony, said lawyer Thibault de Montbrial.
De Montbrial added that the complaint would be filed against the unnamed official at Pontoise court on Tuesday morning.
The mayor of Sarcelles, Francois Pupponi, is close to Strauss-Kahn, who is accused of attempted rape at a New York hotel in May.
In July Kenneth Thompson, Diallo's New York lawyer, "discussed the DSK affair with potential witnesses," notably "with a woman from Sarcelles" who was in the United States, Montbrial told AFP.
She gave details which would be of interest to Diallo's case, the lawyer said, adding that Thompson gave her name to New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
But in early August, "one of Sarcelles deputy mayors, saying that he had been 'sent by his bosses' approached a relative" of the woman and asked "what it would cost to keep her quiet," the French lawyer said.
De Montbrial said the alleged attempt to suborn a witness was designed to block both the civil and criminal proceedings against Strauss-Kahn, himself a former mayor of Sarcelles.
The former head of the International Monetary Fund, who quit in the wake of the scandal, could be freed this week as prosecutors reportedly prepared to dismiss the charges.
The New York Post, citing sources close to the prosecutors, said Vance has concluded that the sexual assault charges cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and will ask a New York judge to dismiss them at a hearing on Tuesday.
Diallo accuses Strauss-Kahn of forcing her into oral sex and trying to rape her when she came to clean his luxury hotel room on May 14.
© 2011 AFP