Guineans disappointed as ex-IMF chief freed

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Conakry residents expressed disappointment Friday that ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was freed from house arrest as it emerged his Guinean attempted rape accuser had lied to a grand jury.

The president of the Guinean Network of Women Ministers and Parliamentarians, Makale Traore, said she was "disappointed" that a New York court released Strauss-Kahn. The case has not been dismissed.

Her sentiments were echoed by union leader and bank official Souleymane Diallo: "I am disappointed and deeply shocked by the turn in this matter".

Marian Kourouma, a secretary at the Conakry port, said "the weaker sex remains the weaker sex otherwise DSK would spend the rest of his life behind bars," using the acronym by which Strauss-Kahn is known in France.

"The international dimension of this issue meant it was never going to be in favour of the young Guinean victim of sexual assault ..." added Hadja Aye Bobo Souare, director of a clothes-making business.

She said the alleged victim, a 32-year-old hotel maid from a small Guinean village, was "the big loser in this affair which could cost her her life if she does not have a psychologist around."

A rare defender of Strauss-Kahn, Moussa Kaba, said the accuser was "a puppet in the pay of the devil."

The complainant, who left her home country a decade ago, is from a tiny hamlet with no electricity or telephone lines, accessible only by foot, in the mountains of northern Guinea.

She claimed Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted and attempted to rape her in his luxury hotel suite in Manhattan on May 14.

Her credibility has been shattered as it emerged she lied to a grand jury amid allegations she may be involved in criminal activities such as drug dealing and money laundering.

© 2011 AFP

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