Dominique Strauss Khan, chief of the International Monetary Fund, is being taken to court with charges of rape. A request for DNA testing to support the case has been issued and the court hearing postponed. The 62 year old man will shortly have his hearing with the main accusation being rape, criminal sexual act and unlawful imprisonment.
It was on Sunday night that the legal team representing Mr. Strauss Kahn announced that further DNA tests were required to prove the case, if any, against Strauss Kahn. Strauss Kahn was to soon leave his job as chief of the IMF and go into a career in French politics and was to be the candidate of the socialist party that would rival current French president Nicholas Sarkozy.
The alleged rape took place in the hotel where Dominique Strauss Kahn was staying in New York, just off Time Square. A 32 year old chamber maid arrived to clean his room at 1pm.
Strauss Kahn, according to her, ran out of the bathroom naked and assaulted her. She allegedly tried to escape but Mr. Strauss locked her in his hotel room. He then left the hotel, leaving behind some personal possessions such as his mobile phone. This drew suspicion as it suggests that he left the hotel room in a hurry. He was arrested on a plane which was shortly to leave, in his first club cabin, to Paris. Mr Strauss Kahn has a special arrangement with Air France so as to be able to get last minute first class flights.
Mr. Strauss Kahn was arrested. He was placed amongst a lineup of 5 men and the victim was asked to identify him amongst the 5. The maid’s credibility was also supported by her employer who said she had been working there for 3 years and whose performance was “completely satisfactory”.
The French media are still rather stunned and numbed. This comes at not only as very untimely for French politics but also for the euro crisis.
DNA testing needs to be carried out on the bed, bathroom and any other surface that the assailant and victims may have come into contact with. DNA tests are also to be carried out on the scratched found on Dominique Strauss Kahn’s body.
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