Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Strauss-Kahn DNA 'related to maid'

According to US media, DNA found on the costumes of a New York hotel maid who blamed Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually attacking her matches that of the past IMF chief.

The unverified reports quoted sources close to the inquiry. Further examinations from the room where the suspected assault happen are waiting. Mr Strauss-Kahn rejects the allegations, and resigned as chief of the IMF last week to shield himself. He is under house detention in a New York apartment, after a judge approved him a $1m  bail last week.
Reports about the DNA illustrations revealed after officials examined the work clothes of the 32-year-old hotel maid who says she was attacked in the New York Sofitel near Times Square on 14 May. Police and judicial representatives have denied to verify the reports, approved by the Associated Press and ABC News, among others.
The prosecutors are reported to be implemented additional tests on samples taken from the carpet and other surfaces in the hotel room.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn is blamed with seven counts including four criminal allegations - two of criminal sexual acts, one of trying rape and one of sexual violence- plus three wrong offences, including illegal custody.
His plaintiff, a refugee from the West African state of Guinea, told officials that Mr. Strauss-Kahn had approached her after she go into his hotel room to clean it.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn's defense team is likely to disagree that a sexual encounter happened, but that it was consensual.
"The forensic witness, we think will not be reliable with a violent encounter," Mr. Strauss-Kahn's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, has said.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62, is due to go into a proper appeal on 6 June.
He was perceived as a foremost candidate to be the next centre-left French presidential contender until news of the allegations broke.

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