Key US senator: Strauss-Kahn will get fair trial

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IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will get "a fair trial" on charges of attempted rape, a senior US senator said Tuesday amid shock and anger in France at the photos of the suspect in handcuffs.

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, a top member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told AFP he had "no knowledge" of the specifics of the high-profile case but said the US system would be fair to Strauss-Kahn.

"My belief would be that he will be very fairly treated, because we have that responsibility. Anybody in the United States, charged with those kinds of crimes, is entitled to a fair trial and he will get that," said Sessions.

Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, also a judiciary committee member, indicated he had some misgivings about the so-called "perp walk," in which a suspect, often in handcuffs, can be photographed by news cameras.

"I'm not big fan of perp walks," Whitehouse told AFP. "But we certainly do a lot of that, so..."

Other senators -- including Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former prosecutor, and Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who represents New York where Strauss-Kahn was being held -- declined to comment entirely.

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