IMF deflects Geithner comments on jailed chief

18th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday deflected US comments about its jailed chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, saying it had a temporary managing director in place to conduct Fund business.

"John Lipsky is acting managing director and as such, has the authority to conduct the regular business of the Fund," IMF spokesman William Murray said.

The remark was in response to questions about US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's day-earlier comments on Strauss-Kahn's New York arrest on charges of sexually assaulting a hotel chambermaid.

"He's obviously not in the position to run the IMF," Geithner said of Strauss-Kahn, appearing to raise pressure on the IMF executive board to take action.

Strauss-Kahn was arrested on Saturday after allegedly attempting to rape a chambermaid at the luxury Sofitel hotel in Times Square.

On Tuesday, the IMF said it had had no direct contact with former French politician Strauss-Kahn, who was denied bail and locked in the Rikers Island prison pending a grand jury review of the evidence to decide whether the case should go to trial.

Since the arrest, the IMF number two, American John Lipsky, has filled in for him, and will attend next week's G8 summit in place of Strauss-Kahn, host France said Wednesday.

© 2011 AFP

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