Prosecutors call for IMF chief to be denied bail

16th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

US prosecutors Monday urged a New York judge to deny bail to IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, saying he is a flight risk after he was charged with attempting to rape a hotel chambermaid.

The prosecutors alleged the veteran French politician and financial chief had no incentive to stay in the United States to face trial and plenty of resources to flee.

Strauss-Kahn was escorted off an Air France flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday just minutes before it was due to leave, and only a few hours after the alleged sexual assault at a luxury Manhattan hotel.

The IMF chief was a "citizen of France, a country that does not extradite its nationals to the United States. If he went to France we would have no legal mechanisms to guarantee his return," the prosecutor said.

© 2011 AFP

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