|Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Photograph courtesy of Sipa.|
The man many had predicted to be the next president of France, and former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is free to leave the United States and return to France.
In May 2011, Strauss-Kahn, was accused of sexual assault by Nafissatou Dialo, a housekeeper at a luxury New York City hotel.
As a result of the charges, Strauss-Kahn had been placed under house arrest for approximately three months until a New York judge dropped all criminal sexual assault charges on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011. Strauss-Kahn’s release is a surprising turnaround of a case initially presented by the prosecution - as solid.
By request of the prosecution, the case was dismissed after prosecutors presented a 25-page report concluding the evidence they had initially presented was inconclusive and indicated they now questioned the Dialo's credibility due to numerous inconsistencies.
While facing serious allegations of sexual assault, the well-liked French politician wasted no time hiring a team of experts to investigate and counteract the negative publicity. It is said, a team consisting of ex-CIA agents, private criminal investigators, a security firm and even public relations experts were hired; an influential group brought together to quickly conduct damage control warranted by the seriousness of the allegations.
Facing world criticism and even conspiracy, theorizing the event may have been staged to derail his political aspirations to become the next French president. Some have even speculated the scandal was devised to damage Strauss-Kahn’s credibility prior to releasing information about top U.S. government officials.
In response to the world headlines, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin posted on an official Kremlin website, "It is hard for me for me to evaluate the hidden political motives," and further stated, "I cannot believe that it looks the way it was initially introduced and doesn't sit right in my head."
Though the firms reportedly hired by Strauss-Kahn have not made any public statements regarding the case, it is clear that powerful evidence was uncovered that forced prosecutors to acknowledge they now have 'reasonable doubt' the sexual assault allegations were credible.
The Role of a Powerful Defense Team
With the public and media's tendency to rush to judgment, there is no ignoring potential and permanent damage to an individual’s life and career. It becomes important to remember that one is 'innocent until proven guilty' and guaranteed due process in a court of law but some damage is irreversible.
Part of the necessary preparation process is to have a powerful defense team consisting of attorneys, experts and criminal private investigators to delve into the deepest depths of the lives of those involved in a case.
As with Strauss-Kahn, it became essential that the defense investigate the chambermaid’s history and character in order to disprove her allegations, identify inconsistencies in her statements and reveal any previous questionable behavior that may cause doubt as to her integrity.
Strauss-Kahn's legal lineup did indicate in documents that they have 'substantial information' that could 'gravely undermine her credibility.'
Through a post-indictment investigation of Dialo, prosecutors say they were presented with information about her past that contain many falsehoods, to include lying about being “gang raped” by soldiers in her homeland of Guinea; then admitting it never happened. There also appear to be contradictions in her statements about her whereabouts after the incident involving Strauss-Kahn, even inconsistency in tax-related matters.
It goes without saying, especially here in the United States, when you are accused of a crime; you are guilty until you prove your innocence. With private investigators and an aggressive defense team on your side, the likelihood of proving your innocence is increased and when you have a long prison term hanging over your head, you need the best team you can get.
Author -Kym L. Pasqualini
Missing Media Solutions