Naffisatou Diallo: Religious groups lends their support as attorney may press for civil case

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    Naffisatou Diallo, the Guinean lady who accused former IMF supremo of rape has been trying desperately to gather support from across the world in her quest to convince that she is actually a victim of rape with Domique Strau-Khan being her attacker.

    With hearing in the case now postpone from Monday August 1 to Aug. 23 as prosecutors continued to investigate in order to establish more facts about the case, Naffisatou continues to hold high level meetings to tell the world she has a case to prove.

    Already, an attorney representing Ms. Diallo, Kenneth Thompson, said he may “soon” file a civil case against Mr. Strauss-Kahn.

    To prepare a ground for the next step to take against the former IMF superlord, Naffisatou desperately continued to revive her case insisting that a comment she is said to have made about her attacker as having ‘a lot of money’ was mistranslated.

    She met with prosecutors for eight hours in Manhattan on Thursday trying to explain she had been misinterpreted  when she is said to have been recorded telling a prisoner in Arizona in her local tongue that the former IMF chief was very wealthy and she knew ‘what to do’.

    The recording was played on a loop for a Fulani translator, who, Diallo’s lawyer says, backed up the claim that Diallo had been mistranslated.

    Meeting: Nafissatou Diallo is escorted from Manhattan Criminal Court after meeting today with her lawyers and the New York District Attorney Meeting: Nafissatou Diallo is escorted from Manhattan Criminal Court after meeting today with her lawyers and the New York District Attorney.

    Ken Thompson, the attorney acting for Diallo, said the phone call, which was made a day after the alleged assault on May 14, was interpreted incorrectly.

    After Thursday’s meeting, he said: ‘For almost a month we have been told that the victim was captured on a recording saying about Dominique Strauss-Kahn “he has a lot of money and I know what to do”.

    Allegations: Dominique Strauss-Kahn is said to have attacked the maid in his hotel suiteAllegations: Dominique Strauss-Kahn is said to have attacked the maid in his hotel suite

    ‘For the last several hours we have been upstairs listening to that tape and that tape shows that the victim never said the words “he has a lot of money and I know what to do”.

    ‘There was a Fulani interpreter in the room from beginning to end. He listened to that tape, we all listened to that tape over and over again.’

    Mr Thompson said the man Diallo was speaking to made the comment about Strauss-Kahn being wealthy. He then asked her if she had a lawyer before Diallo responded: ‘I know what to do’.

    The attorney added: ‘I can tell you this, that the guy in jail, the second time they spoke, said, “He’s powerful. He’s a rich man”. She did not say, “I know what to do”.

    ‘When he asked her if she had a lawyer and if she is OK, she said, “I know what to do” before the guy said anything about Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

    ‘So when you think about that quote, the quote was misleading in my opinion because the quote made it seem like her sole focus was on his money and how to get his money.’

    Making her claim: Diallo leaves the meeting after trying to convince prosecutors of her integrityMaking her claim: Diallo leaves the meeting after trying to convince prosecutors of her integrity

     

    Action: Diallo attended the meeting with her attorney, Kenneth Thompson Action: Diallo attended the meeting with her attorney, Kenneth Thompson

    Today’s meeting came as after prosecutors pushed back Strauss-Kahn’s next court date by three weeks as they reassess whether completely to drop the criminal charges.

    The District Attorney’s office simply said: ‘This is a pending criminal case. We will have no comment on evidence, or on any meetings between prosecutors and witnesses, civil attorneys, or defence counsel.’

    Going public: Diallo made the extraordinary decision to reveal her identity in an interview with ABC News's Robin Roberts, rightGoing public: Diallo made the extraordinary decision to reveal her identity in an interview with ABC News’s Robin Roberts, right

    Diallo made the unusual decision to reveal her identity this week in highly publicised interviews with ABC News and Newsweek.

    She described in graphic detail the alleged attempted rape in the Sofitel hotel room and defended ‘mistakes’ she had made when lying in the past about a gang rape in Guinea on her U.S. asylum application.

     However, in another development, Naffisatou appeared on Thursday with about two-dozen religious and community leaders in Brooklyn, where she thanked supporters and spoke of her troubles since she became the center of the explosive case.

    She stood before a crush of journalists at the Christian Cultural Center and introduced herself before saying she has gone public because she believes she has been smeared. She wasn’t specific about who she believes smeared her.

    DSKGetty ImagesNafissatou Diallo on Thursday

    “I’m here today to tell everybody how much I went through this past few months,” she said, speaking in halting but precise English.

    “We cried every day,” she said of herself and her teenage daughter. “I hear a lot of bad things, that’s why I had to be here and let people know that a lot of the things they say about me are not true. It’s too much for me and my daughter.”

    The appearance capped a week in which Ms. Diallo voluntarily identified herself publicly, first in a published interview in Newsweek that preceded multiple televised interviews on ABC. Alleged victims of sexual assault are not identified by authorities and rarely ever identify themselves or speak publicly.

    In her brief statements Thursday, she appeared nervous before the approximately 50 news cameras and the dozens of journalists from local and foreign media. She said she was speaking out after her daughter urged her to “be strong.”

    “People tell bad things about you because they don’t know you,” she quoted her daughter as saying. “Then I promised to be strong for [my daughter] and every other woman in the world.”

    That sentiment was echoed by those who made the public stand with her. They spoke of Ms. Diallo as a victim whose past mistakes should not jeopardize her right to a jury trial.

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    Ms. Diallo “had no recourse but to seek an alternate platform where she could tell the truth,” the Reverend A.R. Bernard, the senior pastor and CEO of the Christian Cultural Center, said of her public appearances. “I commend her for her courage and her faith. She represents not just herself, but women who have been victims around the world.”

    The meeting came at a crucial time in the case: The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is weighing whether to drop the seven-count indictment against Mr. Strauss-Kahn. He has pleaded not guilty and vehemently denied the charges.

    Earlier this month, prosecutors publicly raised questions about the credibility of Ms. Diallo, 32, after she admitted to making false statements to them and a grand jury. A Manhattan judge agreed to release Mr. Strauss-Kahn on bail from a Manhattan townhouse where he had been ordered confined.

    A scheduled court hearing Monday was moved to Aug. 23 as prosecutors continued to investigate.

    A spokeswoman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. declined to comment on Ms. Diallo’s statements Thursday. An attorney for Mr. Strauss-Kahn also declined to comment.

    An attorney representing Ms. Diallo, Kenneth Thompson, said he would “soon” file a civil case against Mr. Strauss-Kahn but denied it was primarily motivated by monetary gain.

    “We’re going to hold Dominique Strauss-Kahn accountable whether it’s in a criminal court room or a civil courtroom,” he said.

    Source: Mail and WSJ

    For more details of Nafissatou interview and news links go here:http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/dominique-strauss-kahn-hearing-delayed-prosecutor/story?id=14164885