IMF chief 'disappointed' but battle 'just begun': lawyer

16th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was "disappointed" a court denied him bail on sexual assault charges, but his lawyer insisted Monday the IMF chief would mount a vigorous defense, saying "this battle has just begun."

"We are obviously disappointed by the court decision," lawyer Benjamin Brafman told reporters after the judge denied the French dignitary bail despite his defense team's offer to put up $1 million in cash and surrender all his travel documents.

"This battle has just begun," Brafman said.

Judge Melissa Jackson said Strauss-Kahn should be remanded because he was "a flight risk" after being charged on Saturday with sexual assault and attempted rape of a chambermaid at a luxury hotel in Manhattan.

© 2011 AFP

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