Friday 19 July 2019

DSK to plead in court on rape charges

The former IMF leader charged with sexually assaulting a hotel maid is due to answer the charges in a New York City court today.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is expected to plead not guilty to attempted rape, sexual abuse and other charges.

It's unclear whether prosecutors or defence lawyers will shed more light on their investigations into the allegations against the 62-year-old French economist and diplomat.

Prosecutors told a judge last month that the proof against Strauss-Kahn was "continuing to grow every day" while defence lawyers have claimed that they had information that would "gravely undermine the credibility" of the maid.

Strauss-Kahn is on house arrest. He resigned his IMF post after his May 14 arrest.

A trial in the case is likely to be months away, if not longer. If convicted of the most serious charge, Strauss-Kahn (62) could face at least five and up to 25 years in prison.


His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said that Strauss-Kahn will plead not guilty to the charges in New York Supreme Court before Judge Michael Obus.

Once Strauss-Kahn pleads not guilty, the case moves into its pretrial phase. Obus will set a date for pretrial motions.

After today's arraignment, Strauss-Kahn may not appear in court until the trial.


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