NEW YORK – The collapsing attempted-rape case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has revealed not only that his accuser appears to be an incorrigible liar — but also shockingly lax immigration oversight of asylum seekers.
A national of Guinea, the 32-year-old accuser — who continues to enjoy the privilege of remaining anonymous as an alleged sex-crime victim — received legal asylum after recounting horrendous stories of her plight in her West African homeland.
But a letter prosecutors filed with the Supreme Court in Manhattan recounts how she has now admitted that much of what she said was a lie — and that lying to improve her lot became a way of life for her after she was admitted to the country.
The most damning thing she said in terms of disqualifying her as a credible witness in the prosecution of Strauss-Khan, 62, was that Guinean soldiers gang-raped her because she and her husband in that country opposed the ruling regime.
She told Manhattan prosecutors that she had indeed been raped, but not in that way, the letter says. She had embellished her story, her lawyer said, in order to boost her asylum application.
Her asylum bid was, in fact, so sophisticated that some unknown collaborator had even given her a tape of the story she should tell, the letter says. She apparently listened to the tape over and over to learn the story by heart.