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On the streets of Guinea’s capital, Conakry, and on its airwaves and on the editorial pages of its major newspapers, opinions were mixed. A small and unscientific sample indicated that women tended to back Diallo, while men questioned her version of events.

“Since the beginning of time, the powerful have always won. Nafissatou Diallo didn’t stand a chance against DSK,” said Pepe Bimou, a computer programmer. “The only possible outcome was that she would lose.”

The stakes were high for Strauss-Kahn, who resigned his IMF post, spent nearly a week behind bars and then spent possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for house arrest, as well as for Vance, who was handling the biggest case he has had during his 18 months in office.

The 62-year-old diplomat was arrested after Diallo, said he chased her down, grabbed her crotch and forced her to perform oral sex.

There is no dispute that something happened in the room; DNA evidence showed his semen on her work clothes and prosecutors on Monday revealed additional details that led them to believe a sexual encounter occurred. Strauss-Kahn’s attorneys argued it wasn’t forced.

“At the very first appearance … I said in open court that this was not a forcible encounter,” Strauss-Kahn’s attorney Benjamin Brafman said outside court. “You can engage in inappropriate behavior, perhaps, but that is much different than a crime. And this case was treated as a crime — when it was not.”

In Guinea, people identifying themselves as relatives expressed deep disappointment at the prosecutors’ call to drop the case.

“I don’t think my cousin lied about DSK,” said Tidiane Diallo who owns a tea shack in Labe, near the village where Nafissatou was born. “Maybe there is a still a chance that they will find a resolution to this problem. You can’t tell Nafissatou Diallo to give up on the criminal case.”

Like many sexual assault cases, in which the accused and the accuser are often the only eyewitnesses, the Strauss-Kahn case hinges heavily on the maid’s believability.

Early on, prosecutors stressed that Diallo had provided “a compelling and unwavering story” replete with “very powerful details” and buttressed by forensic evidence. The police commissioner said seasoned detectives had found her credible.

But then prosecutors said July 1 they’d found the maid had told them a series of troubling falsehoods, including a persuasive but phony account of having been gang-raped in her native Guinea. She said she was echoing a story she’d told to enhance her 2003 bid for political asylum, but there’s no mention of it on her written application, prosecutors said in Monday’s filing. She told interviewers she was raped in her homeland under other circumstances.

Prosecutors continued investigating and said Monday they uncovered further damning information that lead them to believe they couldn’t ask a jury to believe her story.

Diallo has maintained that she feared what would happen if she told them the truth about her asylum application, and that the events have been taken out of context, and do not change the fact that she was wrongly attacked by Strauss-Kahn.

Associated Press reporter Boubacar Diallo in Conakry, Guinea, Verena Dobnik and Associated Press Television Reporter Bonny Ghosh in New York contributed to this report.