IMF sex scandal. No bail for DSK. He might disappear!!!

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16th May 2011

UPDATE: According to this quoting this DSK DID have sex with that woman! It also says that she is “a devout Muslim” with a family, and that that is a reason to discount the “honey trap” theory. Not sure how they conclude that. Murkier and yet murkier…

IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn remanded in custody on sexual assault charges

So what do you make of this?

Does it show that everyone is treated equally under the law in the world’s greatest democracy? Or does it prove the opposite? Was IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (known as DSK) treated more harshly than is reasonable in not being given bail, even though $1,000,000 was offered on his behalf?  I really don’t know what to make of it.

I took a few screenshots of the proceedings as televised today.

Above: The accused, looking tired, unshaven and dressed casually awaited his day in court while others’ cases were heard.

Above: The judge listens as DSK’s attorney puts the case for his release on bail of $1m.

Above: DSK listens to his attorney addressing the court.

Above: On the left the prosecuting lawyer states his case.

The prosecuting counsel said that DSK is a “flight risk” and that France had no arrangement for extradition to the USA for its citizens who tried to flee US justice. The judge found this argument compelling, even though it was made clear from the Defence that DSK’s passport was the only passport he owned and that it would be deposited with the court along with the bail money. We also learned, confirmed by the UN, that Mr Strauss-Kahn was not eligible for diplomatic immunity because he had not been in New York on business.

Hmmm…

Something fishy about this? I don’t know. But certainly this remand in custody seems a touch overkill.

Unless the USA does NOT trust France, despite their being such bons amis these days. Or unless the UN wishes to open the door for A N Other replacement for DSK (who was standing down in a year anyway, to stand for the Presidency against Sarkozy). A replacement from emerging economies? From the Middle East rather than Europe? Too far-fetched?

Are you thinking that is a touch too conspiratorial?

Yes, you’re absolutely right.  Forget I mentioned it. But read this if you can’t forget. Or perhaps this – “LEAKED? French Blog Publishes Detailed Cables Concerning Strauss-Kahn Allegations”

There will be a Grand Jury hearing in four days time, Friday 20th May. Only if that hearing agrees he has a case to answer will the case go to full trial.

There WILL be international political fallout from all of this.  Of that there can be no doubt.

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Seven serious sexual charges were laid against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, listed here.  If found guilty he could be imprisoned for up to 45 years, if the prosecutor’s words in court are accurate.

  • SkyNews report with pictures
  • SkyNews – Strauss-Kahn to undergo DNA tests in NY city over sexual charges

Questions are already being asked as to the effect DSK’s present situation – whether found innocent or guilty – might have on the euro zone.  Meanwhile today, co-incidentally, the USA has reached its present legal borrowing limit. Its debt levels have reached its $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.

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Andrew Neil has tweeted on DSK and the court decision today –

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No of things about #DSK sex attack don’t make sense eg if fleeing crime scene why take daughter to lunch then tell hotel you’re at JFK?
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2 Responses to “IMF sex scandal. No bail for DSK. He might disappear!!!”

  1. Lévay Atilla Says:

    People, who can afford to pay US$ 3000 (three thousand) per night for their hotel apartment, are unlikely to have problems raising US$1000000 (one million) bail.
    Perhaps the Judges were thinking about the case of Roman Polanski as well, a former sexual offender and fugitive from US Justice, who after escaping from America found sanctuary in France for decades.

    • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

      The money was already there, it seems, deposited by his wife. The money was not an issue. It may well be that they were thinking about Polanski. The fear of his fleeing was the reason stated by the judge, though I found some of her reasoning odd. For instance that he was at the airport. Of course he was. He was flying back to Europe for an arranged meeting of Finance Ministers in Germany. And quite why he’d bother about ringing the hotel to say he’d left his mobile phone behind if he’d done something criminal (I’m sure he could afford a replacement) also points to his not having done something criminal. Anyway, who knows what’s going on? I expect well hear more on Friday.

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