Monday, June 6, 2011

Former IMF head Strauss-Kahn appeals not accountable

The ex-chief of IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has come into an appeal of not blameworthy in a New York court to allegation of tried rape and sexual attack.
He stands blamed of attacking a maid at the Manhattan hotel where he was staying on 14 May.
The allegations led to his detention on a plane that was about to take off for Paris.
His next court date is put for 18 July. If he found culpable, the 62-year-old faces up to 25 years in jail. Mr Strauss-Kahn presented at the New York Supreme Court on Monday with his wife, the French television journalist Anne Sinclair.
A group of hotel employees screamed, "Shame on you!" in a show of unity with the maid who blames him of assaulting her.
His proper petition before Judge Michael Obus sets the stage for a extensive inquiry procedure. The complete inquiry is probably to begin in the autumn.
Police charged him on 15 May on seven counts, including tried rape, criminal sexual attack, sex violence, illegal custody and forcible touching.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn used up four days behind bars in Rikers Island jail, before being bailed.
He has since been under house arrest and an armed guard, first in a Manhattan apartment and now in a deluxe townhouse.
His arrest became lead story of news around the world. It shocked the political establishment in France, where Mr. Strauss-Kahn was thought a likely candidate in next year's presidential votes.
Several in France consider that the Socialist party figure has been maltreated, but the case has also flickered a national dispute about sexual harassment.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn step down from his post at the IMF after his detention. The organization has yet to name an enduring substitute.
The investigator says it is sure it has DNA samples which establish the woman's blames against Mr Strauss-Kahn.
Mr. Brafman has earlier shielded a string of prestigious patrons, including Michael Jackson.
On 16 May, he preserved any forensic witness "will not be reliable with a forcible encounter", representing the defense will allow a sexual encounter happened, but argue that it was consensual.

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