Thursday 23 February 2017

I'm sorry for pain I've caused, says DSK in letter to ex-staff

Gene Dupris in Washington

DISGRACED former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn yesterday expressed his sorrow to his staff at the circumstances under which he had to resign from his post.

Yesterday he spent his first full day as an electronically tagged, armed guarded, rape suspect at a temporary address in Manhattan -- a flat equipped (at his expense) with sensitive alarms and 24-hour CCTV to deter him from fleeing.

Not that he is likely to do so. Any false move, and his wife would forfeit the $6m (£3.7m) surety she has put up. And, to make sure he can't so much as slip out for a sandwich, he is forbidden to leave the premises except for legal, medical or religious appointments, and only then if he gives the prosecutor's office six hours' notice.

All this for a man who, just over a week ago, was sitting in a business-class seat of an Air France flight to Paris. Then, 10 minutes before scheduled departure, police entered and hauled him off for questioning about the alleged attempted rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment of a maid at New York's Sofitel hotel.

But it was a different Mr Strauss-Kahn who wrote to his former colleagues. The following is the text of a letter from him to IMF staff. The letter was circulated in an email on Monday from IMF acting managing director John Lipsky.

"Dear Colleagues,

"You have seen my letter of resignation as Managing Director of the Fund -- one of the most difficult communications of my life.

"The past days have been extremely painful for me and my family, as I know they have been for everyone at the Fund. I am very sorry that this has been the case. I deny in the strongest possible terms the allegations which I now face; I am confident that the truth will come out and I will be exonerated. I also don't want to leave without telling you -- as perhaps I did not do sufficiently before -- that I understand and deeply value all the other work that you did. Milestones are easy to remember and quote, but the daily work of the institution is much, much broader.

"I feel privileged and humbled to have worked with such an extraordinary group of people. And so my dear colleagues, I say thank you, good luck for the future, and au revoir.

"Dominique."

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