Strauss-Khan arraignment delayed to Monday: lawyer

16th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will not be arraigned in court until Monday to allow more time for New York police seeking evidence in his sexual assault case, one of his attorneys said late Sunday

Strauss-Khan, widely seen as a challenger for the French presidency, had been expected to come to court to enter a plea on Sunday, following his dramatic detention the previous day as he attempted to fly to France from JFK Airport.

But lawyer William Taylor told journalists outside the Manhattan court house that "we've agreed to postpone the arraignment until tomorrow morning."

Taylor said the delay was linked to Strauss-Khan undergoing further testing by police searching for evidence.

"Our client willingly consented to a scientific and forensic examination," Taylor said.

Taylor said his client was "tired but he's fine."

© 2011 AFP

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