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Strauss-Kahn claimed diplomatic immunity when arrested

Source: PTI
June 17, 2011 10:41 IST
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn Former International Monetary Fund 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 John F Kennedy International 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 on Thursday.

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 $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.

Image: Dominique Strauss-Kahn

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