Tuesday, May 17, 2011

IMF Chief a Rapist?!

IMF chief a Rapist?! The reaction in France to the arrest of the french IMF chief ranged from shock to disbelief to sadness. Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested while inside a plane on the tarmac just before take off. A few minutes later he would have been over the Atlantic and could not have been arrested. One french politician said he was a victim of a "lynching" others caution against a rush to judgement. IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was considered a leading contender in the race for president of France next year."There's a general feeling of a media, a judicial fury -- of a lynching," Jack Lang, France's former minister of culture and education and a Socialist Party lawmaker, told Europe 1 radio. Strauss-Kahn's Defense attorney Benjamin Brafman said "The forensic evidence, we believe, will not be consistent with a forcible account, and we believe there is a very, very defensible case, and he should be entitled to bail." "There is a real feeling that there's a rush to justice here," said Nathan King, a correspondent for France 24 television network. In arguing against allowing the IMF chief to go free on bond Monday, prosecutors said during his arraignment they believe Strauss-Kahn has engaged in "similar acts" at least once before. IMF chief  Dominique Strauss-Kahn is being held in virtual solitary at Rikers' Island in New York. So far he has been refused bail.

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