Maid told tissue of lies, planned extortion
Drug cartel placed deposits of £100,000 in Diallo’s account
Slog doubts about Nafissatou family vindicated by New York Times
In one of the most dramatic turn-arounds in US legal history, reliable sources in the New York prosecutor’s office say they have approached DSK’s legal team and the case Judge to admit that there are ‘serious problems’ with the case. One source has openly admitted that the prosecution is now convinced the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, has lied and changed her story on several occasions, and that her family background ‘bears no relation to what we now understand to be the reality’. Case judge Justice Michael J. Obus is expected this morning to consider easing the onerous bail conditions he imposed on Mr. Strauss-Kahn .
Among those around the Dominic Strauss-Kahn case last night, there was an odd mixture of euphoria, relief and embarrassment as events rapidly gathered speed. The upshot this morning is that the accused may well be freed and his name cleared in short order. Allegedly, the prosecution is trying for a face-saving guilty plea to a minor sexual misdemeanour, but that Branfman and his client have flatly refused the offer. The DA’s case, it seems, is falling apart.
Investigators have picked major holes in the credibility of the housekeeper, who alleged that he attacked her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May, according to two well-placed law enforcement officials inside the NYPD. The prosecutors now (says the NYT) ‘do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself’.
According to the two officials acting as New York Times sources, the woman had a phone conversation with an incarcerated man within a day of her encounter with Mr. Strauss-Kahn in which she discussed the possible benefits of pursuing the charges against him. The conversation was recorded.
That man, the investigators learned, had been arrested on charges of possessing 400 lbs of marijuana He is among a number of individuals who made multiple cash deposits, totaling around $100,000, into the woman’s bank account over the last two years. The deposits were made in Arizona, Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania.
Also among the discoveries, one of the officials said, are issues involving the asylum application of the 32-year-old housekeeper, who is Guinean, and possible links to people involved in criminal activities, including money laundering and false claims of ill-health. The Slog was the first online news source to use research to cast doubt on the asylum application. I also doubted the ‘brother’ testimony, and I still doubt that the man is actually her brother at all. The Slog was also the first UK site to run the story of her former husband’s alleged ‘drug-dealing’ death at the hands of New York police officers.
Prosecutors from the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., who initially were emphatic about the strength of the case and the account of the victim, plan to tell the judge today that they “have problems with the case”. There is confidence in the Branfman camp that Justice Obus will drop all the bail controls over Strauss-Kahn, with some sources are even suggesting he may be freed before the day is out.
The broader ramifications from this astonishing set of developments will now ripple out and hit Tim Geithner, probably ruin Cyrus Vance’s political aspirations, add fuel to a dozen conspiracy theories, and place the newly appointed Christine Lagarde in an impossible position. We should also start asking: will DSK now decide to run against Sarkozy next year?
Read how The Slog led the pack in doubting Nafissatou from the off.
Read how The Slog traced a potential international conspiracy behind the arrest.
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