IMF 'fully operational' despite chief Strauss-Khan's arrest

15th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The International Monetary Fund is "fully functioning and operational" despite the arrest of its chief Dominique Strauss-Khan for sexual assault and attempted rape, the IMF said Sunday.

"The IMF remains fully functioning and operational," said a statement issued by Caroline Atkinson, the IMF's head of external relations, after Strauss-Kahn was charged Sunday with sexual assault and attempted rape of a chambermaid at a New York hotel.

"Mr. Strauss-Kahn has retained legal counsel, and the IMF has no comment on the case; all inquiries will be referred to his personal lawyer and to the local authorities," the statement added.

The charges against Strauss-Kahn included "criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment, attempted rape" and "assaulting a 32-year-old girl in a hotel room," according to Ryan Sesa, a New York police deputy spokesman.

Strauss-Kahn, a 62-year-old Socialist who had been leading French opinion polls for the 2012 elections, was escorted off an Air France flight Saturday just minutes before it was to leave John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials said.

"We took him into custody and we handed him over to the New York City police department," an official for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The maid alleged she had been assaulted by the IMF chief when he got out of his shower naked.

© 2011 AFP

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