Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Strauss-Kahn is free

A New York judge yesterday dismissed all criminal charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn for sexual assault and attempted rape made by a cleaner at the Sofitel in Manhattan. The former director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Socialist candidate for the French presidency was finally free, but severely damaged his career.

Serious doubts are now on the performance of public prosecutors in Manhattan, who hastily put together the case and the only evidence of a cleaner who lied repeatedly. Judge Michael Obus of New York Supreme Court, left yesterday released the French politician. He accepted the prosecution's request to dismiss the charges because he had lost confidence in the prosecution, Nafissatou Diallo.

The judge also rejected the objection of the prosecutor who made the woman's lawyers, who asked to be replaced by a special prosecutor. An appeals court later upheld the decision and closed the criminal case.

The French politician refused to testify about the facts before a grand jury and maintained a complete silence until yesterday. Found no evidence that the relationship had been forced, and if they find inconsistencies and lies instead repeated the testimony of women.

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