Dominique Strauss-Kahn refused bail after appearance in New York court
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, has been refused after appearing in court in New York charged with sexually assaulting a chambermaid at a hotel in . The decision by the judge to remand him in custody yesterday will likely disrupt emergency talks over the , demolish hopes that he will challenge Nicolas Sarkozy for the , and spell the end of his political career.
In court, Strauss-Kahn appeared sombre and tired. The judge agreed with the argument by the Paris. The defence said Strauss-Kahn denied the charges against him and offered 1,000,000 bail and said he would reside in Manhattan with an , but the judge refused. Afterwards, defence lawyer Benjamin Brafman said: "This battle has just begun."that the French politician was a flight risk after he reportedly tried to flee the country on a passenger jet for
The politician appeared in court charged with three crimes, including, after a chambermaid told detectives she had been sexually assaulted by Strauss-Kahn in a luxury hotel near . "The maid described being forcibly attacked, locked in the room and sexually assaulted," a spokesperson for the said. Detectives said the politician was detained in the cabin of the passenger plane which was minutes from leaving for Paris. Strauss-Kahn had reportedly fled the hotel "in a hurry" after the attack, leaving a number of personal effects behind.
Prosecutors have last night announced they are investigating claims made by a French author,, that she was sexually assaulted by Strauss-Kahn in 2002. At the time, her mother— councillor — persuaded her not to press charges against him, but yesterday she told French television that Strauss-Kahn had an "addiction" to "preying" on women, and had "a difficulty in controlling his impulses." The author's lawyer has announced he is planning to file a complaint with Banon to officials about the alleged attack. Kahn can be convicted and sentenced over the alleged attacks on the chambermaid and on Banon because he does not have .
Strauss-Kahn was considered a serious contender and was expected to announce his candidacy against Sarkozy this month, but the allegations are expected to destroy the hopes of his supporters, increase infighting among the French left, and leave his political career in tatters. His arrest comes at a critical moment for the IMF, and will likely plunge efforts to stabilise the financial states of struggling Greece and Portugal with European Union financial officials at a meeting in this week.countries into chaos. Strauss-Kahn was meant to discuss the bailouts of
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