DSK … Nafi Diallo … and the story goes on …

  France, being rocked by another political sex scandal, L’Affaire DSK – The Dominique Strauss-Kahn Case – has been relegated to the inside pages of our newspapers and TV news almost has to explain what they are talking about when they start a sentence with the words, ‘L’Affaire DSK …’ Today (Friday, June 24, 2011), […]

 

Le noueau Detective on DSK


France, being rocked by another political sex scandal, L’Affaire DSK – The Dominique Strauss-Kahn Case – has been relegated to the inside pages of our newspapers and TV news almost has to explain what they are talking about when they start a sentence with the words, ‘L’Affaire DSK …’

Today (Friday, June 24, 2011), though, we learned that Kenneth Thompson, the lawyer of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s alleged victim – Nafissatou Diallo, knows as Nafi – has appointed a Paris lawyer, Thibault de Montbrial, to seek other alleged victims of the disgraced and now former International Monetary Fund (IMF) head.

(Must just say that the word alleged is going to crop up often in this piece. It is what journalists call ‘covering their ass’.)

Maître de Montbrial (in France a lawyer is addressed as maître) is a top lawyer here with several major cases to his name: i.e. the Clearstream Case and the Renault Espionage Case. (I won’t go into these two cases here and now.)

The weekly true crime magazine, le nouveau Detective, also devotes a double spread (two pages) in its latest issue (No 1501 of 22 June, 2011) to the case. They focus on the alleged victim: Nafi Diallo. She is an attractive woman, as you will be able to see on the above photo of the magazine’s report.

I am going to repeat now what le nouveau Detective writes about her.

She was born 32 years ago in the hamlet of Tchiakoullé in the north of the former French colony Guinea – the République populaire et révolutionnaire de Guinèe since October 2, 1958 – on the West African coast, of which the capital is Conakry.  There were no more than six stone houses in the hamlet; the Diallo household (father, mother and five children) lived off the land. The family, members of the minority tribe, the Kpelle (4.8% of the population of approx 5.5 million) and Muslim, survived a massacre by their president’s soldiers. The President was the Communist dictator, Sékou Touré (1922/1984) who, in 1958,  threw the French colonial masters out and grabbed power, and who had held on to it with sheer brutality until his death.

The Communist dictator Sekou Toure

When Nali was 13 years old the family settled in the town of Labé (current pop. approx 90,000) where she learned house-cleaning.  At 17, according to her parents’ demand, she married a cousin, Abdul, a witchdoctor. As was the custom, and still is the custom in Africa, she had, on having reached puberty, undergone a forced excision. The couple had two children. One child died of malaria; so did Abdul. Nafi was just 20 years old when she became a widow.  Nafi then set off for America where an older sister and brother were already living. She made the trip via Dakar, Senegal; she was, accordingly, in initial reports of the DSK case identified as Senegalese. (I did so myself.)

In 2004, Nafi, obtained her ‘green card’ as a political refugee. As a member of the Kpelle tribe she risked being massacred in her own country. Being massacred, but being raped before being killed. She then had her daughter Houleymatou brought to the States too as a political refugee; 8 years old at that time, that little girl also risked rape and death in Guinea.

I am not going to go into what had allegedly happened in Suite 2806 on the 28th floor of the Sofitel hotel in New York on May 14, 2011, but le nouveau Detective describes Nafissatou Diallo as ‘a courageous woman, a model employee, a loving mother and a decent person, who merits our respect’.

As for her alleged aggressor, the magazine writes of him as ‘a fat man, arrogant and brutal’ who stepped naked from the bathroom to throw himself onto her, that he held her by force and that he forced her to perform oral sex on him.

Voilà!

Need I say more?

I will, yes.

Sekou Tourè was an abominable man. Supported in his murderous ways by President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and President Modibo Keita of Mali (both now dead) and by Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael and the latter’s then girlfriend, the South African singer Miriam Makeba, and President John F. Kennedy, he eventually fell out with everyone. But he was allowed to enter the United States for medical treatment at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and there he died.

South African singer Miriam Makeba

Touré was an outspoken critic of South Africa’s policy of racial segregation – Apartheid. For this reason he gave Guinean nationality and a home to Miriam Makeba. She used to praise him to the high heavens. She, Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) had a most beautiful voice; she always had me in tears – and she still does – because she and I hail from the same country. You can listen to her sing here and here. She died of a heart attack while giving a concert in Italy. She lies buried in South Africa, the country which, for most of her life, called her a second class citizen.

 

 

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

3 Responses to “DSK … Nafi Diallo … and the story goes on …”

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    Marilyn Z. Tomlins Says:

    Conty, thank you for your comment. I have not pre-judged the case. If you’ve read what I’d written previously in a blog about this case, you will know that I support Diallo one hundred percent. When the news broke in the New York Post (it was headlined) I felt obliged for legal reasons to add a notification on this p\articular post here. I have since removed that notification.

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    Conty Says:

    Your Comments
    You have pre-judged the case of Diallo. The New York Post is owned by the Murdoch empire which also owned English newspaper which is now closed down and a UK government inquiry for hacking people’s personal mail and voice mail. So the reliability of NY Post is in the same league as gossip rag.

    That information “prostitution” probably came from the DSK publicity machine.

    One of the lawyer in the DA office is married to DSK’s lawyer. That is why Ken Thompson ask that the NY DA office to be reclused from the case and appoint an outside firm to act as NY prosecutor.

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    Susie Says:

    It looks as if DSK will be vindicated, and I doubt that will come as a surprise to many people.

    From what is being published now, it seems he only had sex with a maid/prostitute, and didn’t rape her after all. So that’s fine. It must be a huge relief to his loyal wife. 😉

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