Strauss-Kahn slams 'unjust ordeal,' eager for France

23rd August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Former IMF chief and French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn said Tuesday he hoped to return home after what he called an "unjust" three-month-long prosecution on sexual assault charges.

"This is the end of a terrible and unjust ordeal," Strauss-Kahn told reporters outside of his upscale home in Lower Manhattan where he has been staying while awaiting the outcome of the legal process.

"I'm eager to return to my country, but first there are a few small things I need to do before leaving," Strauss-Kahn said, pledging: "I'll express myself at greater length once I'm back in France."

Echoing a written statement he issued after the judge dismissed charges, Strauss-Kahn said he was "relieved" for his wife, children and "everyone who has supported me at this time by sending me letters and emails."

"They should know that their support has been very significant," he said.

© 2011 AFP

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