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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: http://www.humanite.fr/politique/ds...

by Justine Cohendet

DSK: Nafissatou Diallo’s lawyer denounces the poor treatment of the case

During a press conference organised in Paris, one of Nafissatou Diallo’s lawyers, Attorney Douglas Wigdor, has gone back over the course of the investigation at length and has denounced the poor treatment of the case, speaking about a conflict of interests. Regrettably the maid has been portrayed more “as a suspect than as a victim.” He claimed to have been contacted “by numerous women who have testified all over the world” against DSK.

Translated Monday 5 September 2011, by Emily Drummond and reviewed by Bill Scoble

This afternoon, Attorney Douglas Wigdor deplored the course of the investigation led by prosecutor Cyrus Vance. The lawyer once again mentioned the conflict of interests that exists between the procurator and DSK. One of Cyrus Vance’s employees is said to be married to one of the former finance minister’s lawyers.

Mrs. Diallo’s French lawyer, Thibault de Montbrial, for his part blames the “Strauss-Kahn networks.” “For two months they (the DSK networks) have done all they could to dissuade the women from striking the harshest blows.” He announced that this morning he had officially pressed charges against a deputy to the Mayor of Sarcelles. According to the maid’s lawyers, the deputy is said to have dissuaded a former mistress of DSK from testifying in the case. Moreover, Thibault de Montbrial added that he was put under pressure “by seriously effective networks.”

Attorney Douglas Wigdor has, however, gone back over the course of the investigation at length, and has denied some of the accusations made against his client. “There was never a conversation during which she said that this guy (Mr. Strauss-Kahn) had lots of money.” The lawyer, on the other hand, has admitted that Mrs. Diallo had lied in order to enter American territory. He claimed to have been contacted “by numerous women who have testified all over the world” against DSK. But he did not wish to say how many women there were, since the case is still the subject of an investigation.


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