Tuesday 16 January 2018

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

Henry Samuel in Paris and Christopher Hope

IN AN unpublished interview only two weeks before his arrest, IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn suggested he could imagine a scenario in which he might be set up for rape, it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

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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