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Strauss-Kahn claimed diplomatic immunity

Last Updated: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 12:18

New York: Former IMF chief Dominique
Strauss-Kahn claimed diplomatic immunity when he was arrested
by the police over the attempted rape of a hotel maid here,
the American media reported.

"I have diplomatic immunity," Strauss-Kahn told the
police when they led him away from his Air France flight at
JFK airport on May 14.

"It`s not in this passport, I have a second passport.
Can I speak with someone from the French Consulate?" he told
the police, NBC News reported.

Strauss-Kahn, 62, allegedly forced the maid at the
Sofitel hotel in Manhattan to perform oral sex.

He was taken into custody a few minutes before his Air
France flight departed for Paris, earlier this month.

Strauss-Kahn`s statements are contained in a Voluntary
Disclosure Form given by prosecutors to defense lawyers and
filed by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance yesterday.

He also asked for a lawyer, according to the documents, and said that his handcuffs were tight.

"I would like to call my lawyer, Bill Taylor. I need
my cell phone," he told the police.

"My attorney has told me not to talk. I was ready to
talk," he later said.

Strauss-Kahn is presently under house-arrest in a USD
50,000 a month house. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of
sexually assaulting the maid.

"Is that necessary?" he asked a detective, referring
to the handcuff, The Wall Street Journal reported.
"Yes it is”, came the reply.


First Published: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 12:18

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