Judge refuses to remove Strauss-Kahn prosecutor

23rd August 2011, Comments 0 comments

A New York judge on Tuesday rejected a request to replace the district attorney in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex assault case, in the latest blow to the hotel maid accusing the former IMF chief attempted rape.

Judge Michael Obus wrote in his ruling denying the motion that there was no cause to remove District Attorney Cyrus Vance and appoint a special prosecutor.

"The court concludes that nothing called to its attention establishes disqualification or warrants removal of the elected district attorney of this county. Accordingly, the application is denied in all respects," Obus wrote in his ruling.

Calling for a new prosecutor was a last-ditch attempt by attorneys for the maid after prosecutors said their case had collapsed.

Vance has asked Obus to dismiss the case against Strauss-Kahn on grounds that the credibility of his accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, had made the case impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

A lawyer for the 32-year-old Guinean maid hit out angrily after being told of the decision to drop the case on Monday at the prosecutors' offices in Manhattan.

"The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, has denied the right to a woman to get justice in a rape case," Kenneth Thompson said after the brief meeting, which lasted less than 15 minutes.

© 2011 AFP

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