Thursday 23 February 2017

Strauss-Kahn 'has no diplomatic immunity'

Chris Dolmetsch in New York

FORMER IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn isn't entitled to diplomatic immunity from civil claims that he sexually assaulted a Manhattan hotel maid, the woman's lawyers claimed last night.

Mr Strauss-Kahn's motion to dismiss the case based on immunity is a "transparent attempt to delay these proceedings and should be denied in its entirety as utterly meritless and frivolous," the woman, Nafissatou Diallo, said in a document provided by one of Ms Diallo's attorneys.

The papers were sent to Mr Strauss-Kahn's lawyers yesterday and will be filed with New York State Supreme Court on November 9.

Mr Strauss-Kahn's argument that he is entitled to diplomatic immunity is based on a 1947 treaty that the US isn't party to, Ms Diallo's lawyers said in the documents.

When New York prosecutors accused Mr Strauss-Kahn in a criminal case of trying to rape Ms Diallo, neither Mr Strauss-Kahn nor the IMF claimed immunity, "because he knew he had no entitlement to such immunity", Ms Diallo's attorneys said. The criminal charges were later dropped. Ms Diallo's attorneys had a deadline yesterday to file a response to Mr Strauss-Kahn's motion to dismiss the case. His lawyers have until November 9 to respond.

Irish Independent

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