Strauss-Kahn accuser's family says justice was not done
In Guinea, the family of the woman who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault feel the dropping of charges against him is injust, but said Wednesday it was in God's hands.
The brother of the alleged victim, Guinean maid Nafissatou Diallo, from a pious Muslim family, told AFP "God is the only judge," as he spoke to AFP after a New York judge dropped all charges against Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday.
"We leave it to God the almighty, but we would have liked to see justice done for my sister," said Mamadou Dian Diallo, the oldest brother of the 32-year-old, whose accusations ended the career of one of the world's most powerful men.
While Guinean politicians refused to comment on the case, many inhabitants of the west African country's capital Conakry, criticised the dropping of the charges.
"I am disappointed in the American justice system, disappointed to know that in the United States there is also injustice," said Saliou Diallo, president of the "Support Nafissatou Diallo" movement, who is not related to her.
"No one can explain why the prosecutor dropped the charges using anything but deceitful arguments."
Secretary Ramata Souare, 47, was equally indignant.
"I am ashamed as a woman, my female dignity has been assaulted. I am ashamed for DSK (Strauss-Kahn) who used all means, even the most dishonourable, to get himself out of this," she told AFP.
Trade unionist and banker Almamy Barry said: "One doesn't know how to explain the action taken by the prosecutor who certainly would have received the medical report which attests that there was rape."
Rights groups in Senegal meanwhile denounced the "striking denial of justice" for Daillo.
"This case illustrates the inequality in access to justice suffered by women all over the world," read a joint statement signed by the Association of Senegalese Jurists, the Senegalese Women's Council and the African Assembly for the Defense of Human Rights.
Charges were dropped against Strauss-Kahn as prosecutors felt Daillo lacked credibility after discovering she had been caught lying on her US asylum application form, including about a gang rape she had suffered back home in Guinea.
She also lied in sworn testimony to the grand jury about her movements immediately after her alleged sexual assault at the hands of Strauss-Kahn.
While Strauss-Kahn is free to return home, he still faces a civil suit which Diallo filed against him in August seeking unspecified damages.
© 2011 AFP