Monday, May 16, 2011

Strauss-Kahn today before giudiciLe Pen: "His weaknesses were well known to all"

Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves handcuffed from prison in New York for medical tests Second night of detention in New York for the Director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who now appear before a judge. Arrested late on Saturday (Read the report) by the Special Victim Unit following allegations of sexual assault made against him by a Puerto Rican waitress of 32 years who works at the Sofitel in Times Square, Strauss-Kahn has spent more than 30 hours in a cell in Harlem.

The woman first accused, then formal charges against the customer of the hotel, alleging that he was forced to have oral sex with Strauss-Kahn in suites in the early afternoon on Saturday. During the night, DSK was transferred to a medical institution for further investigation corporal "tied to examine its DNA.

It is these findings have shifted the court hearing, initially expected yesterday already. The "new analysis" was requested by the prosecution and Strauss-Kahn has agreed that - have said the lawyers - will work in every way to the investigation. At the same time - have told lawyers Benjamin Brafman and William Taylor - Director of the IMF intends to "vigorously defend", and rejects all charges pleads not guilty.

" The charges against him are serious. The crimes he claims (sexual assault, rape, kidnapping) in the State of New York provide for cumulative punishments such that Strauss-Kahn could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, if not more. Arguably, however, the Director of the IMF will be granted bail, even though it will be - reported to police sources - a security "important" (speaking of millions of dollars).

E 'likely then that Strauss-Kahn will not leave the country. Its position is very delicate because the woman who accuses the police formally identified in Harlem: lined up with other people, Strauss-Kahn was given without any hesitation by the alleged victim as the man who attacked in his suite for three thousand dollars.

Pending legal developments, the IMF has now postponed until today - Monday - a meeting of its board of directors. "The informal meeting that we planned to inform the Board has been delayed pending further developments in New York" reported a statement the IMF spokesman William Murray. Will depend on the New York court decision that the members of the board will decide what measures to take against the man who, until proven otherwise, is still their managing director.

Reactions. The news of Strauss-Kahn on charges of rape has shocked France, where the head of the IMF was given as the favorite in all polls on the 2012 French presidential elections, although he had not yet resolved the reserve on its possible job. Now the possibility that Strauss-Kahn will present seems to fade out completely, even for a simple technical matter of time, as explained by Jeremie Saland, a lawyer from New York, quoted by the French website Le telegram.

com. "The presentation of the socialist candidates in the primaries will be held from June 28 to July 13 and it is almost impossible" that the case is closed in some way by that date. "Usually you have to count six or seven months before a trial takes place. There are two possibilities why the gear stops: that Strauss-Kahn decides to plead guilty and be able to agree with the victim or that the Grand Jury, the college folk will be called into question if you decide that this might be abandoned for lack of sufficient evidence.

From what I have read, none of these hypotheses seem possible. " Elisha Matignon is the official did not comment on the arrest of Strauss-Khan, the most feared opponent Nicolas Sarkozy for the presidency in 2012. Entorurage But the French President, reports Le Monde, has privately complained that everything is "too early success.

If it had occurred 15 days before the presidential election (scheduled for April 22, 2012 with a runoff on May 6, ed) would be a "coup de theater fatal for DSK. In an interview with La Repubblica, Marine Le Pen, president of the National Front, said they feel "ashamed to see my fellow guilty of these allegations," because "the fragility of sexual Dominique Strauss-Kahn was an open secret.

Everyone knew, but there was a real conspiracy of silence in political and journalistic, "admitted Le Pen. "I do not understand how a candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has been the International Monetary Fund, ruining the reputation of France in international institutions." According to Le Pen, Strauss-Kahn should "immediately resign by the IMF," and describes as "nonsense" the idea of a plot against the President of the International Monetary Fund.

"I talk to women - adds -. I am shocked to hear rumors about a possible conspiracy against Strauss-Kahn and anyone who cares to defend and protect the woman attacked. It is not because she is a chambermaid that we should not believe. " A different view, but always critical former advisor to late French socialist president Francois Mitterrand, historian, philosopher and economist, Jacques Attali President that the IMF "in politics is now out of the game: better if you take a step back" even if "the presumption of innocence must always prevail, especially in a story like this, almost unbelievable," said Attali also at La Repubblica.

Recently, Dominique Strauss-Kahn had been the victim of many personal attacks that, according Attali "can not be excluded that there was a manipulation against him" even though Attali acknowledged that "it is difficult to imagine that a waitress in a large hotel respectable New York is a 'spy' enemy sent to catch him.

" Instead, a chorus of condemnation from Paris to the images broadcast by the media around the world by Dominique Strauss-Kahn handcuffed between two American agents as he left a police station in New York. For the Socialist Manuel Valls, these images of "intolerable cruelty" and "for the French political life will be a before and after" all this.

On the other side, the President of the UMP, the right-wing party in government, Jean-Francois Cope, has ensured that he had asked all leaders of his party "very fit, or even the silence" and added that the president Nicolas Sarkozy has agreed with this attitude: "We also thought the image of France," added Cope.

The young leader Cecile Duflot environmentalist calls for "justice" for Strauss-Kahn and the young waitress who accused him, defining "brutal for all" situation. Eva Joly, a candidate in the primaries for the Greens and former magistrate, said "violence" of images and talk of "nightmare".

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