IMF chief claimed diplomatic immunity after arrest
Published 18/06/2011 | 05:00
DISGRACED former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn insisted that he had diplomatic immunity and complained that his handcuffs were too tight after he was taken into custody on allegations he tried to rape a Manhattan hotel maid.
The revelations about the circumstances were contained in court documents released early yesterday.
The documents that were lodged by prosecutors provide a chronology of statements leading to the arrest of Strauss-Kahn, who was taken into custody by port authority police at John F Kennedy International Airport on May 14 as he tried to leave on a Paris-bound flight.
Strauss-Kahn, who is free on $1m bail under house arrest at a luxury townhouse, maintains he did not attack the maid at Sofitel hotel.
The new court documents describe Strauss-Kahn seemingly bewildered and confused as he is taken into custody.
"What is this about?" he repeatedly asked detectives, according to the documents.
He also asked the detectives whether he needed a lawyer.
According to the files, he responded to questions about whether he was hungry (at one point saying he would "like some eggs") and complained about his handcuffs, the documents say.
"Manhattan detectives need to speak with you about an incident in a hotel room," responded one detective as they went from the airport to the Manhattan Special Victims Squad, the documents say.
"Then I need to make a call and let them know I won't be at my meeting tomorrow," Strauss-Kahn told the detective. Then he added, "These handcuffs are tight."
French politicians and citizens were upset about images of a handcuffed Strauss-Kahn as police walked him in front of a crowd of cameras on May 15 as he was taken from a police precinct to court to face charges of attempted rape and sexual abuse. Such images would be illegal in his French homeland.
Strauss-Kahn was formally placed under arrest about 2.45am on May 15, according to the court documents.