Lawyers to seek special prosecutor in DSK case: report

22nd August 2011, Comments 0 comments

The lawyer for the woman who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault plans to formally ask the judge to appoint a special prosecutor, The New York Times said late Sunday.

Kenneth Thompson said he would take the extraordinary step on Monday because he believed that the office of Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan district attorney, had mishandled the case, the newspaper reported.

Thompson also said the prosecutor had treated his client, Nafissatou Diallo, more like a defendant than a victim, according to the report.

"Ms. Diallo wants Dominique Strauss-Kahn to be held accountable to the fullest extent under the law, both in criminal and in civil court," The Times quoted Thompson as saying Sunday.

"She should not have her right to go to trial in a criminal case taken away by the Manhattan district attorneys office."

According to legal experts, Thompsons motion will almost certainly fail because under the law his client has no authority to ask for Vances office to be replaced by a special prosecutor, the paper noted.

"Its what we call an AOD: an act of desperation," The Times quoted Stephen Gillers, a professor at New York University Law School, as saying.

"She may benefit from a successful prosecution, but she has no legal interest in the prosecution."

© 2011 AFP

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