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Guinea president happy for Strauss-Kahn

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MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, July 2 (UPI) -- The president of Guinea says he has more sympathy for fellow Socialist Dominique Strauss-Kahn than the Guinean woman who accused Strauss-Kahn of rape.

President Alpha Conde discussed the case with a reporter while he was attending the African Union summit in Equatorial Guinea, Radio France Internationale reported.


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"We are both members of the Socialist Party, the French Socialist Party is a member of the Socialist International, so I am very happy for him and I hope his sufferings will not have a lasting effect," Conde said.

Strauss-Kahn was head of the International Monetary Fund and expected to become the Socialist Party's candidate for president of France when he was arrested. Nafissatou Diallo accused him of raping her at the hotel where she worked as a housekeeper.

Prosecutors have acknowledged that new information about Diallo has weakened their case. One instance is a recorded phone call to her boyfriend, an immigration detainee, telling him Strauss-Kahn "has money," The New York Times reported.

RFI said most Guineans interviewed in the capital, Conakry, supported the accuser, with one saying, "The poor are always bullied by the privileged."

Conde said he will try to help Diallo.

"We will see how we can come to her aid, because Guinea has to defend its children wherever they are. We will see how we can help her," he said.


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