Monday, May 16, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn IMF Chief DENIED bail - 16th May

IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been denied bail after appearing in court charged with trying to rape a New York hotel maid.

A New York judge refused his attorney's $1 million bail offer and remanded him in custody.

Strauss-Kahn, a frontrunner for the French presidency, will reappear in court on Friday.

He had been due before the state judge on Sunday evening.

But the hearing was delayed to allow for DNA testing and examinations for other evidence including scratches on his body.

The 62-year-old, said to be looking very tired as he sat in the dock, had his irises scanned on entering the court this afternoon.

The court heard US prosecutors say he "engaged in similar conduct" once before and asked the judge to remand him in custody.

The Defence attorney proposed a $1 million bail but it was denied by the judge.

Strauss-Kahn was seen in New York on Sunday night as two detectives escorted him from a police station to a waiting car.

The 62-year-old, who was wearing handcuffs, was then driven to Manhattan Criminal Court.

The sex assault charges have thrown the IMF into turmoil just as it was trying to ease the growing euro zone debt crisis.

They have also turned the French presidential election campaign on its head after polls showed him to be a clear favourite.

The IMF chief is accused of sexually assaulting a maid at the $3,000-a-night Sofitel Hotel near New York’s Times Square on Saturday afternoon.

He had been staying there before a weekend trip to Europe to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read More