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IMF chief's fears of being set up ring like an echo

Henry Samuel in Paris and Christopher Hope

Published 17/05/2011 | 05:00

IN AN unpublished interview only two weeks before his arrest, IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn suggested he could imagine a scenario in which he might be set up for rape, it emerged last night.

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While he has denied the charges, which include committing a criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment, conspiracy theories abounded in France yesterday after the publication of a curiously premonitory interview in the newspaper 'Liberation'.

In the then off-the-record discussion on April 28, the head of the International Monetary Fund said he could imagine a scenario where he was framed for a rape he did not commit. The 62-year old was clearly worried about receiving "low blows" from allies of President Nicolas Sarkozy. A series of polls suggested before the scandal that he would beat the president in next years' elections, if he chose to run.

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