IMF chief waives extradition rights in new bail request

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IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn pledged to waive extradition rights and remain under 24-hour surveillance in a new application Wednesday for release from a jail in New York, where he's charged with sexual assault.

Strauss-Kahn, who was ordered held on bail because he was deemed a flight risk, sought to remove those concerns in advance of an expected new bail hearing Thursday.

"I voluntarily waive all extradition proceeding of every kind and character," Strauss-Kahn wrote in a sworn statement in the new bail application, posted online by the New York Times.

The IMF managing director is awaiting a decision by a grand jury on whether to indict him on charges of the sexual assault and attempted rape of a 32-year-old woman in a Manhattan hotel is expected to be unveiled.

A New York judge on Monday denied him bail despite the offer of $1 million in cash as a guarantee, deeming that the veteran French politician was a flight risk. France and the United States have no extradition agreement.

© 2011 AFP

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