The New York judge denied the proposed $ 1 million bail. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, accused in particular of attempted rape and kidnapping, remains in detention for one week.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn entered the court for the first time, staying only eight minutes. Misunderstanding reigned in the hall. ” DSK stayed in the courtroom for 8 minutes, from 10:47 am to 10:55 am It came out, we do not know why, his case was not mentioned ” explains on Twitter Stéphane Jourdain , AFP correspondent in New York.
DSK is out, without explanation according to this other correspondent , still on Twitter. Other defendants parade. The judge deals with other cases of theft and other petty crime. Dominique Strauss-Kahn apparently does not come back. The journalists present on the spot wonder. The IMF’s lawyers are not in the room either.
He returned to the courtroom a few minutes later. DSK sits on the bench, without handcuffs, displaying big dark circles. He is waiting for his turn, as the journalists on the spot testify. Among them, François Dufour explains on Twitter that Dominique Strauss-Kahn spoke with his lawyers, away in a box glazed.
The charge raises other similar facts
The boss of the IMF is presented as a man ” of great influence “, according to the correspondent of Europe 1 present on the spot. A deposit of one million dollars would be ” little “, says the prosecutor. The prosecution says it is investigating another sexual case that might have involved Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The public prosecutor’s office wants to place DSK in preventive detention and would like to prevent him from leaving the country. Which would mean no extradition to France.
The prosecutor said he saw the video surveillance in front of the Sofitel. ” He seemed to be running away, ” he says. It appears that the experts’ reports corroborate the complainant’s allegations. According to his lawyers, DSK is willing to stay in New York. ” He will not run away, everyone knows his face today, ” said his lawyer. ” He would not call the security of the hotel ” if he tried to flee, he continues.
Deposit of one million dollars?
DSK’s lawyers evoke the ” shadows ” of this affair and its alibis . The defense is proposing bail of $ 1 million. The judge refuses the bail of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
The judges had to decide whether or not Dominique Strauss-Kahn could be released on bail, and under what conditions. The initial scheduled appearance Sunday was postponed until Monday to allow investigators to perform new tests, said another lawyer DSK, William Taylor.
A week behind bars
The next court appearance of Dominique Strauss-Kahn was set for May 20, announced Monday the New York judge who has committed incarceration in a sexual crime case.
US court convicts seven convictions of Dominique Strauss-Kahn with up to 74 years ‘imprisonment and three months’ imprisonment, judicial documents reveal Monday .
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was involved in a similar case in ” at least one ” other case, the prosecution said. There is ” information that he has had a similar conduct in at least one case, ” said the prosecutor in court, just before the judge pronounces the imprisonment of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
For the defense, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, did not flee the Sofitel hotel where the alleged facts took place: he went to a lunch with a witness who will confirm, said his lawyer on Monday in court.
” If he hurry up, it’s because he had an appointment for lunch and the person with whom he has lunch will testify, ” said lawyer Benjamin Brafman to Judge Melissa Jackson. Police said Saturday that Dominique Strauss-Kahn appeared to have fled the hotel in a hurry, forgetting several things in her room, including her mobile phone, after an attempted alleged rape of a maid. According to Mr. Brafman, the robbery of the IMF chief had been booked well in advance. ” It’s not someone who was getting ready to board a plane to escape the scene of a crime, ” he said.